Exploring Space

Mars – by far the most popular planet in the Solar system.

The inhabitants of Earth have long been fascinated with the Planet Mars, here are interesting facts that you may or may not know. There have been 39 missions to Mars, but only 16 of them have succeeded. The Russians send the fist mission to Mars back in 1960. The purpose of these missions has been to map the surface of the Planet, to learn about its terrain and map any hazards they might encounter. The plan is to send manned missions to Mars in the not too distant future.

  • temperature: On average 80 ° F / -60 °C.
  • distance from the sun: 230 million kilometers.
  • diameter: 4,196 miles (6,752 km).

How many moons does Mars have?

It is the fourth planet from the Sun, named for the Roman god of war, other ancient cultures called it different names, the Greeks also called it after their War God Ares, the Chinese it the fire star because of its color. It is obvious that the planet’s blood-red color has heavily influenced its name. Mars is thought to have seasons like Earth, the only being they are twice as long. Mars has two moons Phobos and Deimos, they were described in Gulliver’s Travels over 150 years before they were ever discovered. Unlike the Earth, Mars doesn’t possess a magnetic field. Scientists do believe that the planet had one, dating back 4 million years.

How does Mars compare to Earth?

Despite being smaller than Earth, Mars has a similar landmass to our Planet. Because it is smaller than Earth it only has 37% of its Gravity. Interestingly, scientists have been able to study the surface of Mars without ever leaving Earth, and I don’t mean through a telescope. Pieces of Mars have been hitting the Earth for millions of years after the Planet ejected them. Studying these meteorites has given scientists unique insights about the planet, long before they ever launched probes. Mars diameter is 4,196 miles (6,752 km)and that is approximately half the diameter of Earth.

Mars is home to the tallest mountain in our solar system, it is a 21km high volcano called Olympus Mons. Scientist believes that it is still an active volcano.

Famous for its dust storms

Mars has long been a fascination for us Earthlings. We have always believed that it could be home to intelligent life forms. The discovery of inexpiable markings on the surface of the planet sparked an intense debate, these were later discovered to be optical illusions. Mars is home to the tallest mountain in our solar system, it is a 21km high volcano called Olympus Mons. Scientist believes that it is still an active volcano. Famous for its dust storms, larger than any seen elsewhere in the solar system, Mars surface has been shaped by these over millions of years. These storms are also one of the major deterrents for living on Mars, these storms can last for months at a time.

Most popular planet in the Solar system

Mars is much further away from the Sun, but it still is the second most habitable planet in the solar system. Scientists are determined to land humans on the surface and eventually colonize the planet. The presence of Polar ice is but one of many reasons they believe it can be successfully achieved. We have been fascinated by the possibility of little green men from Mars landing here someday too. These stories have been central to our science fiction books and movies for years. Making Mars by far the most popular planet in the Solar system. A year on Mars is 687 days long, as that is the length of time it takes for the planet to orbit the Sun. Speaking of the Sun, Mars is nearly 230 million kilometers away from it.

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