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Civilized Life in the UniverseScientists on Intelligent Extraterrestrials$
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George Basalla

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171815.001.0001

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The Ascension of Mars

The Ascension of Mars

(p.49) CHAPTER FOUR The Ascension of Mars
Civilized Life in the Universe

George Basalla

Oxford University Press

Speculation about extraterrestrial life continued in the 19th century, as did the development of the telescope by Sir William Herschel and others. The discovery of the moons of Mars by Asaph Hall in 1877 drew attention to that planet. Thereafter, the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli observed Mars closely and became convinced its landscape contained canali (natural or artificial channels). Schiaparelli mapped Martian canali and speculated that they were irrigation canals built by a great Martian civilization.

Keywords:   canali, canals, Martian civilization, Asaph Hall, Sir William Herschel, moons, Giovanni Schiaparelli

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