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Mission To Mars: Facts About The Red Planet

Updated on October 5, 2016

Far, Far Away....

Mars is the second smallest planet in our Solar System and has yet to be fully explored.
Mars is the second smallest planet in our Solar System and has yet to be fully explored. | Source
This is a replica of the Mars Rover which was code named Curiosity. The Rover takes pictures while on Mars and sends them back to NASA. It also collects dirt samples and those are studied by NASA.
This is a replica of the Mars Rover which was code named Curiosity. The Rover takes pictures while on Mars and sends them back to NASA. It also collects dirt samples and those are studied by NASA. | Source
Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and one planet in our lifetime that we may see people visit.
Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and one planet in our lifetime that we may see people visit. | Source

Facts about Mars

Growing up when we heard about the planet called Mars, we always automatically thought about aliens or martians. Although there is a lot that we do not know about Mars, there are many undisputed truths that we do know. There has always been a lot of debate about whether there is life on Mars or if there was ever life on the planet at all.

Listed below are a list of facts about Mars.


1. Mars is the fourth planet from the sun.

2. The second smallest planet in the solar system is Mars.

3. Mars is called the "Red Planet" because, the iron oxide gives the planet a red looking appearance.

4. Mars was named after the Roman god of War.

5. Mars has the tallest mountain on a planet and it is called Olympus Mons. (It is three times taller than Mount Everest on earth).

6. The rover space craft known as Curiosity, rolls across the soil of Mars constantly, at a speed of ninety miles per hour.

7. Mars has two natural moons and they orbit very close to the planet.

8. Mars has the deepest valley in the solar system which is called Valles Marineries and it goes six miles deep.

9. Mars is a desert planet that is 1/2 the diameter of earth. However, it does have the same amount of desert that planet Earth has. Mars doesn't have the surface of the planet that would allow for water.

10. Mars is a very cold planet and the average temperature is -80 degrees F.

11. Mars has the largest dust storm in the solar system which sometimes cover the planet for months at a time.

12. The atmosphere in Mars is about ninety five percent carbon dioxide.

13. There is no magnetic field on the red planet.

14. The first space craft to land on Mars was NASA's, Viking 1 and it landed there in 1976.

15. The planet Mars has the highest mountain and the deepest, longest valley in the solar system.

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Hit Movies Based on the Planet Mars

1. Total Recall (1990)

2. Invaders From Mars (1986)

3. The Day Mars Invaded Earth (1963)

4. Rocketman (1997)

5. Doom (2005)

6. Conquest of Space (1955)

7. Mission To Mars (2000)

8. The Angry Red Planet (1959)

9. Ghosts of Mars (2001)

10. Red Planet (2000)

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Planets of Our Solar System

Mercury
Earth
Mars
Saturn
Jupiter
Venus
 
Uranus
Neptune
There are eight planets in our solar system.

Life on Mars?

Scientists have been studying Mars since the early 19th century. No one is sure if Mars can sustain life but, we are learning more and more every day. There are fresh minds and very smart people on board to find out if there is life out there.

Along with NASA, scientists have been trying to determine if life has ever been on Mars or if life can at least be sustained on Mars.

Originally, astronomers used telescopes to get a closer look at Mars but now, scientists have invented space crafts called Rovers that we actually are able to take to the red planet and that have been able to land on Mars.

One of the main objectives of these Rovers is to find out if there is liquid water on the planet and also if there is any glimpse of life or if life can be sustained there. Some scientists speculate that there were to be life forms on Mars at one time because, the red planet is similar to Earth in so many ways. Truthfully, life on Mars is nearly impossible to imagine because it is completely frozen and covered with radiation.

Russia and America already have space craft on Mars called (Rovers) and they have plans to send many more in the future. These rovers have cameras which snap pictures of the planet, and they also have drills which can reach into the planet's surface to collect samples. The idea is you use a machine instead of a human in case something goes wrong.

Mars is well know for it's rumors of martians and or aliens and the possibility of life on that planet. As technology advances, hopefully we will find out the answer to the question...Is there life on Mars?

My first knowledge of Mars was during elementary school when we had to learn the planets. This was very interesting to me as a young kid because, all I knew about were the sun, moon and earth. Then, there was the ever popular making the solar system for a school project.

We all went to the store and bought the styrofoam balls and made each one a planet. Then we brought them to school and sometimes had to make a speech along with our project. We got markers and made each planet a different color and then we tacked the planets to a poster board and made each planet a different color. This was an easy project for school, as a great way to learn the planets.

Elon Musk has formed a company called SpaceX. He plans to not only take people to Mars but, he promises to colonize the planet and sustain life there. Musk, who is the founder of Tesla, is looking for the best engineers, architects and the best technology money can buy. He bought SpaceX with the intention of not only going to Mars but, exploring other planets as well.



The Surface of Mars

Mars is where the word Martian comes from. In media, we have been forced to think of Mars as the planet that aliens come from.
Mars is where the word Martian comes from. In media, we have been forced to think of Mars as the planet that aliens come from. | Source

Mars Rover Curiousity

Colonizing Mars

Life on Mars?

What would we do if there was life on Mars that could be found? I guess if it was a specimen of some kind, it would be subject to all sorts of experiments, if it were to be captured.

© 2013 Buster Johnson

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    • Mike Robbers profile image

      Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

      Interesting hub, Leslie and useful facts about Mars.

    • Credence2 profile image

      Credence2 3 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

      In many circles, Pluto is still considered a planet, if that is the case Mars is larger than both Mercury and Pluto.

      Great article, with current technology, terraforming would take centuries at best before we could even talk about a 50 degree temperature increase, the process of a warmer and thicker atmosphere that what is currently there.

      Bravo, Leslie,

      Great graphics and video, so Venus is also a challenge for the terraformers......

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