Saturday, 20 October 2012

Twinned With... Mars



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Glenelg, Mars

The small Scottish settlement of Glenelg (popl 291)  is celebrating the arrive of the Curiosity Rover at its namesake in the Gale Crater, Mars (popl ???), with a twinning ceremony and ceilidh tomorrow - Party On!

Although the NASA team named the martian feature after one in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada and the fact that it is a palindrome (they'll be visiting on the way out and the way back), the name originally comes from the Highland settlement opposite the Isle of Skye.

Glenelg, Scotland
For a comparison of the two Glenelgs, have a look at the BBC's site, which also has an interesting story
Cosmic coincidence on the road to Glenelg.

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