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NASA study: Impossible' to make Mars like Earth with current technology

NASA study: Impossible' to make Mars like Earth with current technology

The minimum distance from the Earth to Mars is about 33.9 million miles (54.6 million kilometers) and is rarely achieved.

At 4:50 p.m., the red planet was 57.59 million kilometers from Earth and the fourth brightest object in the cloudless skies, following the sun, the moon and Venus.

Close Approach is the point in Mars' orbit at which it comes closest to Earth. Nearly the entire surface of Mars, which will see the earthlings will be lit by the Sun, since the planet will reflect the sun's rays vividly.

Stargazers have enjoyed a spectacular treat overnight with Mars making its closest approach to Earth in 15 years.

Mars makes a close approach to Earth and sparkles in the evening sky near Tokyo Skytree, the tallest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world, in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on July 31, 2018. According to NASA, this alignment happens every two years or so.

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Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2) would be vital to do this, but they are not present on Mars in high enough quantities to provide any significant greenhouse warming, said Dr Bruce Jakovsky. Add a telescope and you can see a detailed view of the planet's surface and its polar caps. On Mars, the pressure of the atmosphere is less than one percent of the pressure of Earth's atmosphere.

According to EarthSky, since July7, Mars has been the brightest object in the night sky, after the moon and Venus, and will be, through September 7.

Luckily, you can see Mars easily with the naked eye.

The perihelion opposition of 2003 was unusually close-NASA said the two planets won't get that close together again until August 28, 2287. Mars will still be visible in the night sky for the next few months.