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By Scott Dance | June 21, 2012
Earlier this year, Venus and Jupiter adorned the western sky alongside the waxing crescent moon. Now, Mercury and Mars can be spotted alongside it. The closest planet to the sun will appear as a bright star in the sky this month. Mercury will rise above the horizon to the right of the moon around dusk Thursday and Friday nights. Further to the right will be the bright stars Pollux and Castor, according to EarthSky.org. Then, the moon will pass by Mars, too, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Cereal makers have long designed eye-catching boxes to lure children to supermarket breakfast aisles. Now, grocers and produce companies are turning to Big Bird and other "Sesame Street" characters in an effort to make fruits and vegetables just as appealing. An emerging national movement that uses the Muppets to market vegetables to preschoolers got a foothold in Baltimore last week when it was adopted by two area businesses — Mars Super Markets and Savage-based East Coast Fresh, a Mars vendor and processor of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables.
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NEWS
January 19, 1995
Angelo D'Anna opened the 12th store in his family's chain of Mars Supermarkets almost two years ago in the Harford County city of Aberdeen. As was his custom at every grand opening of a new Mars store, Mr. D'Anna stood at the front door to greet the first shoppers.Customer No. 1 that day happened to be a woman who had developed a loyalty to Mars from years of shopping at the chain's Rosedale store. Another early arriver was a woman who had become a regular customer just after the first Mars began doing business in 1946 on Holabird Avenue in Dundalk.
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By Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
A satellite that has been hurtling toward Mars for the past 10 months slammed on the brakes Sunday night, gliding into the red planet's gravity field to spend a year studying its atmosphere - and hopefully collect evidence that Mars might once have supported life. On a mission managed from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, the MAVEN spacecraft neared completion Sunday night of a 442 million-mile journey by firing six thrusters in reverse and being pulled into Mars' gravity field.
NEWS
November 28, 2011
Is there life elsewhere in the universe? It's a question that has long intrigued astronomers and science fiction buffs alike, and now the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has launched its most ambitious attempt yet to find the answer. Curiosity, NASA's 1-ton wheeled rover vehicle, blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday for the 346 million-mile journey to Mars, where it will spend two years roaming the Red Planet's surface in search of tell-tale organic compounds that could signal the presence of life there, either now or in the distant past.
NEWS
By Scott Dance | July 23, 2012
The waxing crescent moon can help sky-watchers find Saturn and Mars in the sky the next few nights . Look to the southwest soon after dark, and the two planets will be to the left of the moon . Tuesday, the moon will rise between the two planets, and Wednesday, they will both be to its right. You may be able to discern Saturn's golden color and Mars' reddish tint ; the star Spica will nearby shine bright blue-white, according to EarthSky.org.
BUSINESS
October 23, 1998
Charging that consumers are confused by two retail chains with the same name, Mars Super Markets Inc. is suing Mars the Musician's Planet to get the music super store to drop the name and logo in the Baltimore region.The 56-year-old supermarket chain, with 15 Baltimore-area stores, says in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that the music store's use of the name and similar red planet logo infringes on Mars' trademarks, resulting in unfair competition."Mars supermarket is obviously very concerned about protecting the value of its trademark which has been developed in the Baltimore area for decades," said James D. Mathias, the lawyer representing the supermarket chain.
NEWS
December 15, 2011
After reading your "Running water found on Mars?" (Aug. 4), I started reading between the lines. Two rovers were sent to Mars in 2004. Can anyone tell me how much taxpayers funds have been spent on the hardware, facilities, equipment and support staff since then? And after all that, the most the lead researcher on the project could say was "This (finding evidence of water) is the single most bullet-proof observation that I can think of that we've made this entire mission"? That's a pretty sad return on investment.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Mars will appear at its biggest and brightest in the night sky this week as it aligns with the Earth and sun on Tuesday. The red planet reaches what is known as opposition Tuesday, when it and the sun are on directly opposite sides of the Earth. That occurs once about every 26 months, according to NASA. "Earth makes two trips around the sun in about the same amount of time that Mars takes to make one trip," according to NASA . "So sometimes the two planets are on opposite sides of the sun, very far apart, and other times, Earth catches up with its neighbor and passes relatively close to it. " This month, Earth and Mars are meanwhile at their closest for nearly 6 and a half years, appearing bigger and brighter than it has since December 2007, according to EarthSky.org.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Jen Bem | jenbem1@gmail.com and b free daily | July 7, 2010
Cancer 06.22-07.21 Neptune will help you find a way to release all that negative energy you’ve been storing. Perhaps you’ll find comfort in talking to an old friend or going for a long run.   Leo 07.22-08.22 The moon wants you to steer clear of any potentially sticky situations today. Be sure to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God — just in case you get asked by someone important.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Mike Melzer grew up reading popular science books and enjoyed mathematical subjects, but he had only a slight interest in astronomy. But when the Anne Arundel Community College student heard about NASA's National Community College Aerospace Scholars competition, he applied because he figured it dealt with all four of the STEM disciplines — science, technology, engineering and math. As it turns out, the program dealt not only with astronomy but was largely geared toward engineering, which the Glen Burnie resident figured was beyond his expertise.
NEWS
Letter to The Aegis | April 17, 2014
Last week as I was driving down Route 22 around Amyclae development, I was amazed and gratified to see a very large red headed Tom Turkey glided in front of me across Route 22 and into a wooded lot adjacent to Amyclae. This coupled with the flocks of geese habitually in the fields at Eva Mar Farm, along with the many deer, fox and hawk and an occasional eagle in the wood line that borders Amyclae, Tudor Manor, Fox Chase and Wagner Farms developments makes me appreciate where I have chosen to live for the past 12 years.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Mars will appear at its biggest and brightest in the night sky this week as it aligns with the Earth and sun on Tuesday. The red planet reaches what is known as opposition Tuesday, when it and the sun are on directly opposite sides of the Earth. That occurs once about every 26 months, according to NASA. "Earth makes two trips around the sun in about the same amount of time that Mars takes to make one trip," according to NASA . "So sometimes the two planets are on opposite sides of the sun, very far apart, and other times, Earth catches up with its neighbor and passes relatively close to it. " This month, Earth and Mars are meanwhile at their closest for nearly 6 and a half years, appearing bigger and brighter than it has since December 2007, according to EarthSky.org.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange said Tuesday it is forming a "standing advisory committee" to address policy and other issues. The entity that runs the health exchange website where people buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act said it is extending the deadline to submit a letter of interest to serve on the panel until March 7. For more information: http://marylandhbe.com/committees/public-comment/. andrea.walker@baltsun.com Twitter.com/ankwalker
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
On a Thursday morning after the Baltimore region was pounded with an overnight snowstorm, several incidents forced shutdowns on local roadways, according to the state Department of Transportation. DOT reported that a collision in White Marsh on Interstate 95 North past the MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) exit has closed the northbound right traffic lane and northbound right shoulder at 8:46 a.m. A collision in Aberdeen on I-95 South past the MD 22 (Churchville Road) exit has closed the southbound right shoulder at 8:27 a.m., DOT said.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
For a chunk of two recent days, I tried to buy insurance on the Maryland health exchange. My editors asked me to do this because Gov. Martin O'Malley recently told a national television audience that the "website is now functional for most citizens. " They wanted to know what "functional" meant, especially after hearing stories from consumers about a glitch-prone website created under the Affordable Care Act for the uninsured and underinsured. Marylanders have described frozen screens, lost information, error messages and even mistaken identity.
NEWS
December 10, 2006
After you pack up the kids and the dog again and pull out from the lunar way station, it's a long way to the beach. But it might be worth it - a satellite in orbit around the planet Mars found fresh evidence of liquid water, in the form of deposits along a gully that weren't there a few years earlier. Scientists speculate that there may be underground water in a slushy if not a sparkling spring-like form, and that from time to time it may burst into the open. This discovery, reported last week in the journal Science, immediately got some people thinking about the possibility of life on the Red Planet - probably something bacterial or algal (and certainly slimy)
NEWS
March 24, 2005
ROCKET SCIENTIST Michael D. Griffin's return to NASA, this time as its top administrator, seems assured. But that's the last guaranteed win the current head of the space department at Johns Hopkins' Applied Physics Lab can count on for a while. Mr. Griffin, with an armful of academic degrees and decades of management, flight and space program experience, is a great choice for the country's top space post. He will need all his skills to steer the research and exploration agency through its current mission shakeup.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
Baltimore-based Mars Super Markets Inc. plans to close its Edison Highway distribution center on March 9 and lay off 78 workers, the company said Monday. The 70-year-old family owned chain, which has 17 supermarkets in the Baltimore area, notified the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation of the closing and said it plans to work with the new distributor to place workers in jobs. The grocer will outsource supply and distribution to Bozzuto's Inc. to better compete with larger regional and national chains, said Chris D'Anna, Mars' chairman and CEO, in a statement.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2013
Comet ISON is sweeping past Mars more closely than it will ever get to Earth on Tuesday, providing an observing opportunity that could show whether the comet will be visible in our night sky later this year. The comet is passing within 0.07 astronomical units of the Red Planet, six times closer than it will come to Earth. (An astronomical unit, or AU, is the average distance between the Earth and sun, about 93 million miles.) Though NASA is affected by the government shutdown, its planned observations of the fly-by are set to go on, according to EarthSky.org . NASA will view the comet from its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to see how much gas it is releasing, something that could help indicate how large its nucleus is. If the nucleus, a hunk of rock, dust and ice, is larger than half a kilometer wide, it is thought to be able to survive a pass through the sun's corona in November, meaning it could shine brightly enough to be seen with the naked eye from Earth in December.
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