Mission to Mars

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Our Purpose:

Our hope is to establish a permanent colony on Mars in order to conduct research into possible life on other worlds. The goal of the mission is to further increase the technology of Earth and to increase our knowledge of the universe.

Comparing and Contrasting Earth and Mars:

Lunar Eclipses

Like Earth, Mars has moons. However, it has two, Deimos and Phobos. Lunar eclipses can occur on the moons of both planets, but are more common on Mars. Phobos has a total lunar eclipse almost every night, as opposed to Earth's typical two to five per year, not all of which are total eclipses.

Phases of the Moon

The moons of Mars have phases, as does that of Earth. Phobos, Mars's inner moon, passes through all of its phases in just a few hours. From the planet, you would see it rise in the east. Our moon takes almost a month to go through its phases.

Day and Night

Both Mars and Earth have day and night, but due to its being further from the sun, Martian days are longer. The time at which the sun rises and sets is more varied than on Earth. Unlike Earth, Mars has no regular time zones set.

Seasons

Earth and Mars have similar seasons, as their axial tilt is similar. Earth has a tilt on its axis of 23.5 degrees, while Mars has a tilt of 25.12 degrees. Mars does have a larger difference between winter and summer, as its tilt is more extreme. Like Earth, Mars is actually closer to the sun during its winter than summer. Martian seasons change in length more than Earth's.