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When Science Was Wrong: Dozens of Canals Built by Martians


IN THE ATTIC OF SCIENCE (6/6) - Life on Mars? Yes, and even a very advanced civilization, astronomers have long thought, having seen rectilinear structures on the surface of the red planet.

How are diseases born?

What is at the center of the Earth?

What is fire?

Throughout history, man has tried to explain the world to himself… and he has often been wrong.

Le Figaro

tells you about some of the trial and error that made science.

In July 1965, the first close-up images of Mars by NASA's Mariner 4 probe definitively put an end to a decades-old controversy.

The linear structures observed by many astronomers from the end of the 19th century, which were still represented on the maps that NASA used to prepare the mission, were for some the proof of the existence of an advanced extraterrestrial civilization.

Alas, Mariner 4 reveals a desert world that seems as dead as the Moon.

No trace of the channels.

“Mariner was ultimately unlucky and only photographed very cratered regions, without interesting relief

,” notes Pierre Lagrange, sociologist of science, associate researcher…

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Source: lefigaro

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