Science: Mars

Like sentient creatures, the Earth has its eyes in it upper† part, eyes which, like an owl's see best by night: telescopes. That is why the press contained more news of Mars last week than it did two and one half years ago when Mars, though eight million miles nearer Earth than last week, was more visible from Earth's southern hemisphere. There are no major telescopes in the southern hemisphere. With hollow clankings of their metallic optic muscles, the great, unblinking eyes slowly scoured the heavens, coming to focus on a bright disc, 1/76th...

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