Percival Lowell: He Misread the Red Planet

Today's birthday is Percival Lowell's

Who  once claimed that Mars had intelligent souls.

To get Polar  water canals they had  sunk.

Which turned out to be just a piece of space bunk.

File:Lowell Mars channels.jpg

[Lowell's drawings of the canals on Mars]



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  • Maybe that's why Neil deGrasse Tyson took credit for demoting the planet named after Lowell (Pluto) to extra solar system rock, or just said that he drove the getaway car.

  • Lowell's canals did inspire Ray Bradbury's "Martian Chronicles."
    Still looking for life on Mars...

  • We still have a couple of rovers operating there. However, I doubt that they have found Martin the Martian from the Bugs Bunny cartoons.

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