10 Facts about the Sister Planet to Earth – Mars

Mars the Known and the Unknown……

Mars, the world that is a cold desert. The red planet of the solar system is half the size of planet earth.

Mars had all seasons like the Earth. It also has volcanoes, polar icecaps and canyons. The atmosphere on Mars is made up of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and argon

There is evidence of ancient floods once upon a time but water currently only occurs in the thin clouds and icy dirt. Some hillsides in Mars have liquid salty water coming from the ground. Scientists are on a venture to discover Mars.

Was there life on Mars in the past, could there be life in the future………

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 Facts about Mars

  • Earth and Mars have the same landmass. Even though  Mars is smaller, most of the Earth is covered in water
  • The gravity on Mars on only 37%. You can float! You can float on Mars.
  • The tallest mountain in the solar system  is on Mars, the  Olympus Mons,
  • Eighteen Missions to Mars were successful out of 40 attempted
  • The largest dust storms in the solar system happen on Mars they can even last for four full months
  • The sun appears as half of the size as it appears on Earth
  • Mars is the closest to the Sun. The southern hemisphere of Mars leans towards the sun. This makes a burning hot summer. And the Northern Hemisphere gets a short cold winter as it is furthest from the Sun.  The northern hemisphere of Mars gets a long summer and the Souther a long cold winter
  • There are some Mars pieces right here on Earth.Scientists found Martian traces within meteorites that came from Mars then orbit around the Solar system before making a crash landing on Earth. Scientists could then study Mars before actual space missions were launched.
  • The name Mars. Where does it come from?The Roman God of War. Ancient Greeks called Mars Ares, the God of War. Other ancient cultures focused on colour as well.Chinese astronomers called it the fire star. Egyptian priests referred to our red planet as ‘Her Desher’, The Red one. The red colour of Mars is due to dust and rock covering a surface rich in iron.
  • There are liquid water signs on planet Mars. For many years Mars was known to have water in ice forms.  The first signs of trickling water stains were seen on satellite images.  Because of the atmosphere of Mars, the water would be salty to prevent vaporising or freezing.
  • Mars will have a ring in the future . In about  20 to 40 million years the largest moon in Mars, Phobos tear apart through gravitational forces and lead to a  ring creation that will las for one hundred million years.
  • Mars has two moons!

 

In the near future, we continue into Mars, the yet to be known, We follow and orbit to Mars. Do not get lost follow closely on  the Newton Show space party