Three Faces of Mars Page

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Mars Oppositions

When Mars is at opposition on October 13, 2020 the red planet will be in the constellation of Pisces. This is another perihelic opposition and the red planet is expected to shine at -2.7 magnitude. And they are off! Mars Perservence Rover, the United Arab Emirates Amal, or "hope", and China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft all launched successfully in July 2020. Outbound for Mars!

See below for more details. All three are due to arrive at Mars in February 2021!

Check out Astra's Mars at Opposition page for more information on oppositions.

Current Mars Opposition: October 13, 2020

Next Mars Opposition: December 8, 2022

Past Oppositions:
July 27, 2018 in Capricornis.
May 22, 2016 the planet was located in the constellation of Scorpius.
April 17, 2014 Virgo

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Mars Tools

Google Mars - Also check out the add-in available on Google Earth for Mars Information
Mars Which Side is Visible? - Find out with this application from Sky and Telescope Magazine

THE GREAT 2003 OPPOSITION OF MARS

The 2003 apparition of Mars was purported to be the closest opposition to Mars in recorded history. According to sources, Earth came closer to Mars than it has been since 12,000 BC! The angular diameter of Mars was greater that 25 arc seconds, allowing amateurs to see and record the best detail ever.

Check out some great images on the historic opposition: Mars Apparition 2003. - from damianpeach.com ! This is a great place to find astrophotos and information.

MARS PAGES & INFO

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The Three Faces of Mars page, in part, takes its name from the " Face on Mars" feature taken by the spacecraft Viking 1 orbiter many years ago.

Today, ESA has created a movie of the martian feature, the Cydonia face. This link will take you to the movie, Cydonia's 'Face on Mars' in 3D animation from the European Space Agency

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OBSERVING

MARS MISSIONS

Because every 26 months Earth passes the planet Mars that orbits the Sun at a greater distance, this brings the two planets to their closest distance. We can't afford to miss even one opposition, because every opposition is an opportunity!

Fantastic! UAE's Hope probe successfully attainted Mars orbit on February 10, 2021! China's Tianwen entered Mars orbit on February 11, 2021

MARS MISSION COMPLETE!

MARS MISSION FAILURES

LIFE ON MARS

HUMAN EXPLORATION OF MARS - EXPEDITIONS and COLONIES

FACE OF MARS

Last Modified: 6/27/20

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