Mars will reach its closest approach to earth of the current opposition on June 21, the summer solstice, the same day that a full solar eclipse takes place in the southern hemisphere. On June 30 Comet Linear C/2001 A2 makes its closest earth approach while breaking up. And there has been a sudden increase in sunspot activity, with the sunspot count reaching close to a record on June 18.

On June 10, the sun, which had been relatively quiet, suddenly blossomed with 250 sunspots. Today, June 18, the count is at 289 and earth is experiencing geomagnetic storm conditions with a G2-class geomagnetic storm under way. Two of the current sunspots, 9503 and 9506, have twisted beta-gamma magnetic fields that could unleash strong M-class solar flares in the next few days.
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On Dreamland’s June 2, 2001 edition, Dr. Tom Van Flandern, author of Dark Matter Missing Planets and New Comets, said that recent Mars Orbiter photos appear to show images of vegetation on Mars, and even possible structures.

Now noted writer Arthur C. Clarke, in a speech at the Werner von Braun Memorial Lecture series held in Washington, D.C. on June 6, has stated that he believes that new images of Mars clearly show the red planet dotted with patches of vegetation, including trees. He spoke over the telephone from his home in Sri Lanka to an audience at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
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Baffling boulders have been discovered on Mars by an international group of students who won the chance to look at Mars through the camera on board NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.

The students stumbled upon a surprising cluster of dark-colored boulders, situated in the middle of light-colored terrain. Their discovery has baffled Mars scientists, who don’t know how the boulders got there or what geological history they represent.

“It’s puzzling,” says Michael Carr of the U.S. Geological Survey. “I looked at a few pictures around [the area] and couldn’t find anything to explain it. Very puzzling! These are huge boulders. There are no indications of any outcrops that could shed such boulders.”
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We humans are becoming experts at creating global warming, and we’ve finally found a place where our talents are needed: Mars. At a recent NASA conference, “The Physics and Biology of Making Mars Habitable,” scientists discussed ways that future colonists can make the chilly planet more comfortable to live in.

One solution would be to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to create a runaway greenhouse effect. It might be possible to warm Mars just enough to evaporate the planet’s carbon dioxide, now trapped inside ice and frost, so that the gases could warm up the planet.

“Once CO2 is released,” says Margarita Marinova, a student at MIT, “it will take over,” and we will only need to add a little more pollution occasionally, when needed.
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