Mars in Opposition: One for the Record Books

mars“On 27th August, Mars will be at its closest to Earth for almost 60,000 years. On that date, the Red Planet will approach to within 34,646,418 miles (55,758,006 km) — 145 times the distance of the Moon. The last time the two planets were so close our ancestors were living in caves and struggling to survive the extreme conditions of the Ice Age. Who knows what will have happened by the time they are as near again — 284 years into the future?” Royal Astronomical Society
Mars in Opposition: One for the Record Books (Mars Today)