For release: 08/15/03
Satellite release #: 03-138
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Once-in-a-lifetime celestial show coming Aug. 27! Mars approaches earth at its closest point in 60,000 years
Mars will be closer to Earth Aug. 27 than it has been in nearly 60,000 years — a mere 35 million miles (56 million kilometers) — when it lines up with the Earth on the same side of the Sun.
You don't have to be an astronomer to see the show. The "red planet" will be brighter than ever and easily visible in the late night or early morning skies.
Mars is currently three times brighter than Sirius, the brightest star of the night sky.
It will be so bright you might be able to see it even after the Sun comes up.
The celestial event won't occur again until the year 2287.
Talk to an expert about the best ways to see Mars and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
||Dr. Mitzi Adams
Marshall Space Flight Center
||AMC-9, Transponder 9C,
85 degrees west longitude,
Frequency: 3880 MHz, Audio: 6.8 MHz.
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