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Get Outta Town: Visit the mausoleum of Percival Lowell, who mapped Mars’ nonexistent canals

Astronomer set the stage for the discovery of Pluto

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Percival Lowell’s mausoleum in Flagstaff, Arizona, features a glass dome through which star light can shine.
Courtesy of U.S. Library of Congress

Percival Lowell was a successful businessman before devoting his life to astronomy.
The canals Percival Lowell mapped on Mars’ surface later turned out to be an optical illusion.