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Life on MarsWhat to Know Before We Go$
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David A. Weintraub

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691209258

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691209258.001.0001

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Why Mars Matters

Why Mars Matters

(p.1) 1 Why Mars Matters
Life on Mars

David A. Weintraub

Princeton University Press

This chapter recounts how Mars has always attracted the attention of sky watchers on Earth, whether portrayed as the Greek, Roman, Babylonian, or Hindu God of War, or as the Chinese or Japanese Fire star. It mentions that the Incas named the planet Auqakuh, while it was called Simud in ancient Sumer and Ma'adim in ancient Hebrew. It also describes Mars as a planet that stood out as a special object in the sky that is comparable in brightness only to Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. The chapter emphasizes how Mars is more colorful in the nighttime sky than the other planets as it appears red in color much of the time. It also explores humanity's attraction to the idea of life on Mars.

Keywords:   Mars, sky watchers, God of War, Fire star, Auqakuh, Simud, Ma'adim

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