Mars - The Red Planet Rocky red planet next out from the Sun Smaller, colder, dryer than Earth Martians have not invaded Earth in modern times But perhaps in ancient times (controversial) Earthlings continue to invade Mars August 28th Mars closer than in nearly 60,000 yrs ~1000 MTUers there to see it public awareness event (discovery-free zone) Top 10 MarsPictures of AllTime* Name This Martian Robot Pictured: An Ancient Martian? Mars Engulfed Unusual Gullies and Channels on Mars Phobos: Doomed Moon of Mars A Face On Mars Slightly Above Mars Pathfinder Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars Top 5 NASA Images**Yes, its subjective! STS-1: First Shuttle Launch M16: Stars from Eagles EGGs Earth Rise Top Five Space Images* **** to appear on theAstronomy Picture of the Day website WMAP Resolves the Universe Earth at Night M31: The Andromeda Galaxy A Twisted Solar Eruptive Prominence Inside the Eagle Nebula Most of these images can be found here: Image Credits Top Mars: All NASA Top NASA: All NASA (no joke!) Top APOD: Earth at Night: DMSP Satellites Microwave Background: WMAP, NASA Sun: SOHO, NASA Andromeda Galaxy: Robert Gendler Eagle Nebula: AURA, NOAO, NSF Postscripts The Astronomy Picture of the Day websiteis available online at http://apod.nasa.gov/. The Universe: 365 Days book is availableat most bookstores including B. Daltons atthe Copper Country Mall. Support the Van Pelt Library: Join theFriends of the Library!