Is There Really a Lake on Mars?

Sun Earth and Mars aligned on a straight line

You can even choose to see things like interstellar gas and dust, and surrounding constellations and stars. To put that into perspective, the average distance from the earth to Mars is 140 million miles. He points to Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli as one of the inspirations for our curiousness about Mars. The final image, taken by Hubble on 18 July 2018, shows a global dust storm, with spring in the southern hemisphere. "We'll still need to drill, still need suction, and given the temperatures on Mars, any exposed liquid water would freeze, so there still needs to be a way to turn ice into water", Padir said.

Mars' closest approach will be at 4 a.m. EST Tuesday, according to EarthSky.org. This may be responsible for a string of bright clouds visible near the northern polar region that are the remnants of a disintegrating storm.

As it lines up with the Earth and sun, the rising full moon will darken and change from silver to rusty or even terrible blood-red.

Both have been under the watchful eye of the Hubble Space Telescope. Just look out for the big red dot in the night sky and pray thunderstorms don't ruin your view.

Our neighbouring planet will appear unusually large and bright, a mere 57.7 million kilometres (35.9 million miles) from Earth on its elliptical orbit around the sun.

Mars Express launched 2 June 2003 and celebrates 15 years in orbit on 25 December this year. Whether life has ever existed on Mars remains an open question, and is one that Mars missions, including the current European-Russian ExoMars orbiter and future rover, will continue to explore. Geologic evidence suggests that the south polar layered deposits covered an area approximately twice as large 3 billion years ago as they do today; thus, there was much more ice to melt.

On Friday, July 27, Mars will be in opposition-viewed from Earth in the opposite direction as the Sun.

The United States has vowed to send the first humans to Mars by the 2030s, but space experts and lawmakers on Wednesday expressed concern that poor planning and lack of funds will delay those plans. "It is seven months overdue", Nelson said.

On Friday night, Mars will be below and to the right of our full moon. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the telescope.

Researchers said they are not sure how far down it goes, but that it may be around three feet (one meter) deep.

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