Whose Birthday Is It? March 13, 2016

Percival Lowell (1855)

Lowell was an astronomer who built a privateobservatory in Arizona to study Mars andchampioned the idea that intelligentinhabitants of the Red Planet had constructeda planetwide system of irrigation there. Hebelieved that the so-called canals of Marswere bands of cultivated vegetation dependent on this irrigation.His theory, long vigorously opposed, was finally put to rest byimages taken by the US Mariner spacecrafts. Lowell did,however, correctly predict the existence of what “planet”? More…

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