Mars Facts | Facts about the Planet Mars: Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. It is named after the Roman God of War. Here are few interesting Mars Facts:
- A year on the planet Mars has 687 earth days.
- Mars is red because it is covered in rust (iron oxide).
- The Mars is around half the size of the planet Earth.
- Mars is located closer to the asteroid belt, so it has an increased chance of being struck by materials from that source.
- There are around 5 planets in the solar system you can see with the eye, not using a telescope. The five planets are Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn.
- Jupiter has 67 moons, Saturn has 62 moons, Uranus 27, Neptune 14, Mars 2 and Earth just one.
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Mars for Living:
- Mars had an oxygen-rich environment around 4 billion years ago.
- Over 100,000 people have applied for a one-way trip to colonise Mars in 2022.
- Scientists want to start global warming on Mars to make life habitable for colonisation.
- Mars has the highest dust storms in the Solar System. They can last for months and can comprise the entire planet.
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Unknown Facts about Mars:
- On Mars, sunsets are blue.
- In 1610, Mars was viewed by Galileo, the 1st one to see it via telescope.
- Mars has a flag. A NASA engineer designed it.
- According to the NASA, it would cost around US$18,000 to send a letter to Mars.
- The Avg. temperature on Mars is -81°F (-63°C).
- In 1997, three men from Yemen tried to sue NASA for invading Mars, claiming they had inherited it from their ancestors around 3,000 years ago.
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- On its one-year anniversary, the NASA’s Curiosity Rover sang the “Happy Birthday” tune to itself on Mars.
- The German Aerospace Center (GAC) discovered that Earth lichens could survive in simulated Mars conditions.
- Google.com/Mars offers visible imagery view, infrared and elevation views of the planet Mars.
- Mars is populated entirely by robots. Seven to be precise.
- The first successful Mars flyby was in the year 1965 by the Mariner 4.
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- Mars has the tallest known mountain range on a planet of our Solar System, with a height of 22 km (14 mi).
- The movie Gravity was more costly than the Indian Mars mission.
- The soil on Mars is particularly suitable for growing asparagus.
- Mar’s craters larger than 60 km are named for late scientists, writers and others who have contributed to the study of Mars.
- Your weight in the planet Mars is over 60% less than on Earth.
- In 1840, areographer Johann Heinrich Madler combined ten years of observations and drew the first map of Mars.
These are the various Mars Facts we all should know.
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