Whether you want to become an astronaut or not, you will love our list of 10 captivating Mars facts you’ll be bummed you didn’t know before. But don’t worry; Mars isn’t going anywhere, so soak up these fun tidbits and tell all your friends.
For instance, did you know that Mars takes its name from the Roman war god? It is about 227,940,000 kilometers from the Sun and is referred to by Chinese scientists as the “fire star.” Sadly, out of the 39 Mars missions, 16 have been a success, but we will not give up. Read on for more fascinating facts about the Red Planet.
Facts about Mars
As for the air pressure on Mars, it is just 1% of the air pressure on Earth.
2 A Bitter Forecast
The average temperature on Mars is about -50 degrees Fahrenheit.
3 Top Secret Samples
NASA has some rock samples from Mars right here on Earth!
4 Double Trouble
Twois better than one, and Mars has two moons (one of which is set to collide into Mars.)
5 A Size Comparison
The United States of America makes up only 20% of the diameter of Mars.
6 Mars’ Terrain is Diverse
The planet has very deep valleys and tall mountains.
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7 A Different Feel for Gravity
Compared to Earth, Mars has just 37% of the gravity we mere humans experience.
8 Its Atmosphere Has Changed
Radiation from the Sun is said to have dissipated the hydrogen from Mars’ upper atmosphere.
9 In Fact, There is Still Water There
The Mars Rover has found pockets of frozen water on the red planet.
10 Mars Used to Have Water
Researchers have found grooves in rock faces that could only have been from running water.
11 Carbon Dioxide (not Oxygen!)
Mars is 95% carbon dioxide and would kill an ill-prepared astronaut super quickly.
Mars also has loads of dormant volcanoes.
Video: Mars 101
From its blood-like hue to its potential to sustain life, Mars has intrigued humankind for thousands of years. Learn how the red planet formed from gas and dust and what its polar ice caps mean for life as we know it.
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