Go To Mars

Look up in the sky beyond the birds, planes, and atmosphere, it’s Red Planet Day and we’re celebrating Mars. Actually, we’re celebrating the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4, which launched for its 228 day mission in 1964.  It was the first successful flyby of Mars, coming withing 6,118 miles of our celestial neighbor.  That sounds like a lot of mileage, but it’s a lot closer than a couple light years.  The Mariner 4 returned the first photographs taken from deep space. Even though Mars can actually be seen with the naked eye, but our view falls short in comparison to the view a few thousand miles away.

Most of us aren’t going to celebrate by going to Mars, so you can spend time learning about Mars and the Mariner 4 mission or you can watch a really great movie involving Mars.  My favorite is The Martian, but there are plenty Mars movies from which to choose.  Enjoy the evening, go to Mars, and…