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How far is it to Mars?

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Mars orbits the Sun at a greater distance, and takes a longer time to make a trip around the star, than Earth, and neither planet's orbit is perfectly circular. So the distance between us and the Red Planet is constantly changing.


But even at its absolutely closest, Mars is still a looong ways away. How far? Click here for the interactive answer (created by designers David Paliwoda and Jesse Williams).

Do you hate fun, and prefer your answers in the form of boring old text instead of creative, interactive visualizations? Click here. You wet blanket.

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Platypus Man

As soon as it comes up with "you are traveling at" whatever speed, my whole screen turns white. Mars still arrives, but it's in a sea of white and I have to highlight the text to read it.

Weird, but still ultimately cool.