Mars: The Solved and Unsolved Mysteries

More eyes are glued to Mars this week than has probably been the case since Orson Welles and his Mercury Players scared folks with his radio rendition of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds. This is a good week to take a look: Mars will be closer on Wednesday, Aug. 27 than ever in recorded history. The buzz has been elevated to mania as all manner of media — from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly — have latched onto a story first reported last November by