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The Last Time Mars Was This Close
Nobody wrote down what Mars looked like 59,619 years ago, the last time it was as close to Earth as this week. They also failed to note who all was on
this planet and what they were doing.
But scientists have pieced together some information, and they figure a family of Neanderthals, perhaps like this one, would have seen a reddish dot
something like what's depicted in this artist's conception.
The family does not appear to be worrying about little green men. It took modern human intellect to come up with that concern. In fact, they don't
even seem to notice Mars at all. Perhaps the Neanderthals were annoyed with another sort of creature, though: the humans they probably competed
Neanderthals lived in parts of Eurasia during the last Ice Age. They looked similar to modern humans but with more pronounced foreheads, wider noses
and larger jaws. Neanderthals were short, stocky and said to be robust.
Not robust enough, though. They died out, about 35,000 years ago. Nobody knows why. Perhaps your great-great-a-thousand-times-great grandparents did
them in, experts speculate.
The woolly mammoth, pictured in the back right of the drawing, didn't make it either. (I try and never miss an opportunity to mention woolly mammoths
in an article. Otherwise, far as I know, they have nothing whatsoever to do with Mars.) A lot of other species haven't survived the 60 millennia
between these closest planetary passes, either.
Perhaps as modern humans around the world gaze up and ponder our shimmering red planetary neighbor this week, we can hope the fate of our species is
better than some of those who last witnessed Mars this close.