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La Planète Mars et ses Conditions d'Habitabilité

Nature volume 81, page 33 (08 July 1909) | Download Citation



IN the year 1893 we had the great pleasure of giving our readers some account (vol. xlvii., p. 553) of the very excellent and complete summary of the observations of the planet Mars, made between the epochs 1636–1890, compiled by the distinguished French astronomer, Monsieur Camille Flammarion. This work, containing no fewer than 604 pages, presented us with a most interesting survey of the progress made in enumerating and deciphering the markings observed on the planet's surface. It commenced with the earliest known observation of the planet, namely, that of the Neapolitan astronomer Fontana, on August 24, 1638, who wrote:—

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