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On this day in 1835 – March 14th – Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli was born.

Schiaparelli produced the most detailed map of Mars ever published, and it became a standard reference in planetary cartography. When he referred to canali (channels) on Mars, it was translated into English as canals, and Percival Lowell and others were convinced that there was an advanced civilization on Mars.


Mona Evans
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