Who Discovered Mars

Unlike many other places, the discovery of Mars can be credited to many.

The discovery of mars is not credited to a single individual, but rather a multitude of astronomers and observers that range from the early Egyptians to the Babylonians, Greeks, and Danish. Initially it has been documented that the Egyptians called the planet Har decher which transcribes into �Red One�. Early observations of Mars from the Babylonians and other Middle Eastern countries focally place symbolisms in Mars such as war, birth, and religion.

However, historically the discoverers of the actual planet itself are often sought to be the Egyptians in 1570 B.C. The Egyptians originally named the planet Mars, which signified their Greek mythological god of war. Often time�s credit is given to Nicolaus Copernicus, who was a Polish astrologist and apparently the first individual to view Mars through a telescope. Furthermore, an astronomer by the name of Christian Huygens initially drew mars and was the first to notice a unique characteristic about the planet known as Syrtis Major, which is known as the dark colored surface around the planet mars. However, what may be more interesting is the first individual to see Mar�s with his very own eyes. In 1576 Tycho Brahe, used extremely complex and intricately accurate calculations to actually pin-point mars without the use of a telescope.

Shifting centuries and prevailing to more future experiences with Mars, in 1971 NASA sent a satellite, Mariner 9, deep into space to observe and take pictures of the topography and atmosphere around Mars. Its achievements provided a strong base for exploration of the planet Mars, but in 2001 NASA re-launched a new and improved explorer, the Mars Odyssey. The Mars Odyssey, or more informally known as the Mars Rover, has given the most efficient and factual information about Mars to present day.

To actually deem a single individual as the discoverer is difficult, due to the historical records that vary from astronomers around the world. Rather, it is preeminent to view these various historical observations as the basis and foundation of intergalactic exploration and progress for contemporary present day interactions with Mars and other various planets.





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