Mars is coming closer to the Earth, and will be easier to see, than it has been since Neanderthal times. It will slowly appear to grow larger and brighter until at 5:51 am EST on August 27, 2003, Mars will be within 34,646,488 miles of Earth, the closest it’s come to our planet in 73,000 years. Whenever Mars is close to the Earth, the number of UFO sightings increases. The red light of Mars will look more than six times larger and shine 85 times brighter than it does now. Only the Moon and Venus will appear brighter in the night sky.
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Russian scientists think a tough microbe that can withstand huge doses of radiation must have come from Mars, since it wouldn’t have had time to develop this ability here on Earth. On Mars, however, the bugs could have received the necessary dose in just a few hundred thousand years, because radiation levels there are much higher. The bugs would then have traveled to Earth on meteorites.
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If privately funded excursions to Mars become common, the planet could become the new lawless frontier, as adventurers stake claims to land and minerals before official government expeditions arrive. This is bound to happen if the current trend continues. Governments are trying to avoid putting money into space exploration and private business is picking up the slack.

“If they were governmental or international (expeditions)?restraint might be feasible,” says Sir Martin Rees of the Institute of Astronomy. “On the other hand, if the explorers were privately funded adventurers of free-enterprise, even anarchic disposition, the Wild West model would be more likely to prevail.”
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Since the Mariner 9 spacecraft went into orbit around Mars in 1972, satellites have taken photos of strange anomalies like the “Face” there, and most scientists agree, after looking at recent satellite images, that there are signs of primitive life on that planet. But no one has ever seen the “canals” on Mars, that were seen by the astronomer Percival Lowell in the early 1900’s. Sky & Telescope magazine has finally figured out why.
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