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How big is yours?

Compare your favorite inner planet to the others and see how big it is: From left to right Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars. And who is hottest? Find out yourself. No boasting please.


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The “Face on Mars”

When NASA studied the picture of the Viking Orbiter 1 in 1976, it found an amazing optical illusion, the now (in)famous "Face on Mars" in the Cydonia region. From above, the structure resembled a face….


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Rosetta’s Mars flyby successfull

The Mars flyby of Rosetta went well. During the process, it took some pictures. An intriguing one shows a picture of Mars from approximately 1000 km height, with parts of the spacecraft in view:  …


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Rosetta’s in the Swing

ESA’s spacecraft Rosetta is going to swing. Swing by Mars, that is. Tomorrow it will pass Mars at a mere distance of 250 km. That’s comparable to the height of a Space Shuttle around Earth,…


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Marv’s the Martian

An introduction to the planets for kids. Watch how the Sun has a beanie. Never knew! And Mars – that isn’t Mars, this is Mars. Weird – what’s that with Neptune? And Uranus is misplaced…


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Mars sunset

Adding to the previous post, there was also a contest for the most beautiful picture taken by the Mars rovers. Here’s the outcome, and that’s a good one. I used it as a desktop background…


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Mars holding its breath.

It’s raining. Following from that it’s a. overcast and b. stars are not visible. Lucky you if it’s different with you. What can I do? Sit inside doing nothing. I’d better look at my PC…