Science: Mars Committee

On July 2, 1954, Mars will come closer to the earth (40 million miles) than it has in 15 years. Astronomers look forward to this event with enthusiasm, and are already planning their summer's campaign. This month the "Mars Committee," representing leading U.S. observatories and universities, will meet in Washington to see that Mars gets the most thorough going-over (from earthlings) it has ever had.

The science-fiction writers, of course, have long since peopled Mars with subtle civilizations, beautiful women with golden eyes, and half-invisible ships sailing on red-sand seas. Some writers, bored with...

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