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Mars Or bust

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:58:35 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:57:12 -0500
Subject: Mars Or bust

Source: Economist.Com


Nov 18th 2013

[Two graphics at:]

Daily Chart

Mars Or Bust
by T.C,. L.P., G.D. and J.S.

The international scramble to reach Earth's neighbouring planet

TWO new spacecraft set off for Mars this month: India's Mars
Orbiter Mission and America's MAVEN.

Although exploring Mars still sounds futuristic, over half a
century has passed since the Soviet Union began efforts to send
robots there.

It has not been easy.

The success rate is slightly less than 50%, leading to
phlegmatic jokes among astronomers about the "Great Galactic
Ghoul" an invisible, space-dwelling monster whose preferred
diet is Martian space probes. Yet a half-century of exploration
has also allowed scientists and cartographers to draw detailed

The one below shows the location of the successful landers and
rovers that have reached the Martian surface.

A word of caution: the map's blue sections do not represent
water but parts of the surface below a certain altitude. It is
also a Mercator projection, which distorts distances near the
poles. Hence, our map shows only the mid-latitudes.

The Phoenix lander should properly be shown somewhere north of
the map's top edge.

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