Mars

The Red Planet

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Mars, the Red Planet, was called many things. The Romans called it "Ares", named after the God of war. The Chinese called it the "Fire Star" and the Egyptians called it "Her Desher" which means the red one. The Red Planet was known to many civilizations and still fascinates people today.

Size

The size of Mars is 42220 miles about half the size of Earth. It would take 6 planets of Mars to equal the same volume one of Earth.

Distance

Mars is the 4th planet from the sun. It is 142,000,000 miles away compared to the earth which is 93,000,000 miles away from the sun.

Day and Year

The average day on Mars is 24 hours and 37 minutes.


The average time for Mars to rotate around the sun is 687 earth days.

Temperature

Mars is colder than earth because it is farther away from the sun. The temperature can reach a cold -284 degrees to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.