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PopQuizzical Daily! for November 30, 2012

What 19th Century astronomer first mapped the canals on the surface of Mars?

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The U.S.S.R.
October 10, 1960, the Soviets launched the Mars mission probe ‘Marsnik 1’.  The probe failed to escape earth’s atmosphere.  Undeterred, the U.S.S.R. – only 4 days later – launched ‘Marsnik 2’.  The results?  The second probe also crashed to the ground just like the first one.  Take that, Khrushchev.

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