This November, how far will Mars be from earth?

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I'm writing a blurb for a local robotics competition, and I'd like to reference Mars being X miles away during the staging of the competition, which is in November. I can't seem to find such specific information online. Can you point me in the right direction? <br /><br />Thanks!
 
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Hi jackypaper,<br /><br />Welcome to SDC.<br /><br />Please check back later as I will find the answer for you.<br /><br />In the meantime can you give the dates in November?<br /><br />Andrew Brown. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080">"I suddenly noticed an anomaly to the left of Io, just off the rim of that world. It was extremely large with respect to the overall size of Io and crescent shaped. It seemed unbelievable that something that big had not been visible before".</font> <em><strong><font color="#000000">Linda Morabito </font></strong><font color="#800000">on discovering that the Jupiter moon Io was volcanically active. Friday 9th March 1979.</font></em></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://www.launchphotography.com/</font><br /><br /><font size="1" color="#000080">http://anthmartian.googlepages.com/thisislandearth</font></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://web.me.com/meridianijournal</font></p> </div>
 
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If you give me the day of the competition (and the time) I can give you a precise answer right away. <br /><br />Edit<br />Just to give you an idea, during November the distance decreases from 115 million km ( 71 million miles) to 93 million km ( 58 million miles) <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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Hello, and thanks for the quick response. The competition will be held on 30 November and 1 December 2007.<br /><br />If you're interested, here is the website for this year's BEST Robotics theme:<br /><br />http://www.bestinc.org/MVC/2007_Story_Line<br /><br />Thanks again.
 
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Good, well that minimum distance is for 11:59:59 PM on November 30th, so is right in the middle of the two days.<br /><br />After the competition, why not write a blurb for us here at Space.com. We'd love to hear about it!! <br /><br />Wayne <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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Wow, that was fast. So at midnight on 30 November, Mars will be 58 million miles away. I'll round that up and write, "Nearly 60 million."<br /><br />This weekend is the practice day for the various schools. Next week is the prelim. Area schools will bring their robots and navigate a simulated Martian surface, endeavoring to move resources from one area to another across an obstacle-laden field. I work for the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. We're also hosting the much larger regional competition in November/December. Right now I'm working on the program for that event, so I wanted to include some juicy Mars facts.<br /><br />Thanks for your help!
 
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