Reality mars plans for manned mission to Mars

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Space exploration is fraught with danger, as evidenced in the National Geographic series MARS. Reinforcing that message, the recent ESA/Russian mission to Mars, Schiaparelli, crash-landed on the Red Planet last month.
A Japanese company proposing a study of how meteors enter Earth’s atmosphere now plans an artificial meteor shower using ball-bearing-sized pellets dispensed by a tiny orbiting satellite. The test, done with pellets of different harmless elements that show color as they burn, would help understand characteristics of how meteoroids burn up as they fall.
Three seasons of constellations can be seen in the night sky:
Summer – Cygnus
Fall – Pegasus
Winter – Orion

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