This Tuesday, at this time, Mars is at its shortest distance from Earth. That is proper, the Pink Planet at its closest strategy. And every single day that the planet is so “shut”; something that occurs each 780 days; simply over 2 years.
On the peak of the strategy Mars will be (quote) “solely” 62 million kilometers from Earth. Sure, nonetheless far, however a lot lower than the best potential distance, which is 400 million kilometers.
This proximity between Earth and Mars explains the quantity of missions to the purple planet launched this 12 months. To date there are solely three: one from China, one from the Arab Emirates and one from the USA. A launch at this time requires much less gas for the spacecraft to finish the journey, which reduces the associated fee and complexity of the mission.
Though at this time is the closest day to Earth, the most effective alternative of the 12 months to look at Mars is on the thirteenth, subsequent Tuesday, when the planet will be on the other aspect of the Solar – which makes it tremendous vibrant.
Mars Science & Area