A New Place to Call Home?

Mission Movers Moving You To Mars

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Why would we want to venture to Mars?

Taking an adventure to Mars would be a once and a life time experience. Imagine branching out of just our Earth and moon to the vast solar system that is before us. The future of our space exploration is open for so much opportunity and if one of these opportunities is going to Mars, we better take it. The thrill of the unknown may be too hard to resist. Here on Earth, we can certainly use some extra space. With our population projected to hit more than 9 billion by 2075, the extra space on Mars could be a huge benefit. Also, Mars is the only planet, besides Earth, in our solar system that is capable of supporting human life. It is the most comparable to Earth, given it is one of the closest planets to it. The day on Mars is only 40 minutes longer than Earth's, and there are even signs of frozen water on the landscape. Journeying to Mars would certainly be a worthwhile adventure to invest in.

What does Mars look like?

Mars has very a rocky and dehydrated landscape. The red planet has flat land and raised plateaus that stretch for miles upon miles.
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What are some similarities between Earth and Mars?

The day and night patterns on the two planets are probably similar to each other. Days and nights on planets are based on their rotation times. Earth has a rotation time of 24 hours and Mars has a rotation time of 24.6 hours. Because the rotation times are so similar, we can conclude that their day and nights are going to be the same.

Another similarity would be with the phases of the moons. Both planets have moons that rotate around themselves and revolve around their planet. As the moons from both planets orbit, the sun lights 1/2 of the moon and different shadows are cast. Part of the moon is lit and part of the moon is dark. These lit and shadowed portions created by the sun are seen from the planet as different shaped moons. This results in phases of the moon on both Earth and Mars as the moon orbits.

These are some similarities between Earth and Mars.

What are some differences between Earth and Mars?

A difference between Earth and Mars would be the seasons. The tilt of a planets axis is what depicts the seasons. Earth's tilt is 23.5 degrees and Mars' tilt is 25 degrees. Although the tilts seem similar, this can cause many differences. Because Mars' tilt is greater, the summer and winter solstices will be affected. During the summer solstice, Mars will be tilted more towards the sun causing it to be hotter than Earth. During the winter solstice, Mars will be tilted more away from the sun causing it to be colder than Earth. With a greater axial tilt, Mars' seasons will also last longer.

The final difference would be with the eclipses. Although Earth and Mars both have lunar eclipses, they don't both have solar eclipses. During a solar eclipse the moon blocks the sun from a planet when all three objects are in the same plane. Solar eclipses do not occur on Mars because its moons are simply too small to block the sun from Mars even when in the same plane. Earth does have them because its moon is far than larger than the moons on Mars.

These are some differences between Earth and Mars.

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This could be our new place to call home.