Mars, Bringer of War

Our planet is rapidly Approaching Mars, which means the red planet is getting bigger and brighter in the night sky. Closest approach comes in October, when the two planets will only be 69 million kilometers apart.

This conjunction is the best time to launch spacecraft to Mars, and NASA will launch another orbiter in August. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will bring the most powerful camera yet into orbit around the red planet, along with subsurface scanning radar to seek out water deposits beneath the parched surface of the planet.