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Mars Facts


The ancient Greeks attributed the planet to Ares, their god of war, because of its red color.

Mars has white areas at the poles that are white polar ice caps.

Mars is about half the size of Earth.

Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos.

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun.

The Martian surface is red due to the oxidation of iron in the soil.

The Martian atmosphere is 100 times less dense than that of Earth.

The temperature on Mars varies from cold to extremely cold.

It impossible for water to exist as a liquid on the surface of Mars.

More than 100,000 asteroids lie in a belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Statistically, UFO sightings are at their greatest number during those times when Mars is closest to Earth.

Mars takes 1.88 years to orbit the Sun.

Mariner 4 was the first spacecraft to photograph Mars.

An object weighing 100 pounds on Earth would weigh just 38 pounds on Mars.

According to scientists, gold exists on Mars, Mercury, and Venus.

Mars is about 35 million miles from Earth and 141.71 million miles from the Sun.

Mars is about one-half the size of Earth in diameter.

The atmosphere on Mars is primarily made up of Carbon Dioxide.

Mars was named after the Roman god of war.

On Mars the seasons are more exaggerated and last much longer than on Earth.

Mars is the last of the inner planets.
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