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(Jon sez:)

Your Writer: Jon Kilgannon A light-minute is the distance light travels in a minute, which is approximately eighteen million kilometers (eleven million miles). To give a sense of scale, Earth is about eight light-minutes from the Sun. The distance from Earth to Mars, of course, is always changing because of the two planets' differing orbits around the Sun. Mind you, the Earth's elliptical orbit guarantees that the distance from Earth to the Sun is always changing as well, but that's a much smaller change than is seen in the distance from Earth to Mars.

P.S. Scramjet!

(Mark sez:)

Your Artist: Mark Sachs So what Haas is getting at is... is... wait for it... is... oh, come on, do we have to spell it out? All right, then, we will. Next Monday, that is. Muah hah.