Desde que el astronomo italiano Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli
descubriera en 1877 los canales de Marte, la busqueda de agua ha presidido los suenos de muchos geologos y el trabajo de los disenadores del programa de Marte de la NASA.
One of these close approaches (or conjunctions) took place in 1877, and one of those interested was the Italian astronomer Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli
The latter was named "Schiaparelli", in honor of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli
, considered one of the leading figures in 19th century Italian astronomy, and also a leading scholar of ancient astronomy science and history.
Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli
, the Milanese astronomer who mapped channels on Mars, dramatically revised our understanding of Mercury's surface conditions with observations published in 1889.
Undeterred by the barren observational record, early in the 1880s two accomplished planetary observers independently and almost simultaneously decided to try their luck with Mercury -- William Frederick Denning in England and Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli