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Mars Creeps Closer to Earth in Boon to Astronomers

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Mars Creeps Closer to Earth in Boon to Astronomers

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Mars Creeps Closer to Earth in Boon to Astronomers

Mars Creeps Closer to Earth in Boon to Astronomers

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By the end of August, Mars will come as close to Earth as it has for 60,000 years, though it's still 35-million miles away. Mars will be brighter in the sky, giving amateur astronomers and NASA alike a rare opportunity to study a cosmic neighbor. Hear NPR's Linda Wertheimer and Sky and Telescope magazine editor Kelly Beatty.

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