Mission to Mars

By: Ava Dunleavy, Molly Shields, Brandon Lynch and Carter

Summary of this Mission to Mars project

If you ever decide to go to Mars there are some major similarities and differences that need to be explained. A similarity is that Mars and Earth are both part of the solar system. Mars is the fourth closest planet from the sun. The biggest difference between Earth and Mars is life. Here on Earth, life is everywhere. Mars looks dry, and everything that was sent to Mars has not found any life. Scientists think there could be life hiding underground with water, or inside rocks, but nothing has been found so far. Another difference is the planet's axis. The earth axis is at a 23.5 tilt while Mars is at a 25 axis causing a different length of a day and a year And because of this tilt, Mars has seasons, just like the Earth. Of course, since Mars takes twice as long as Earth to orbit the Sun, the seasons are twice as long.

Mars has years , just like earth

Yes, mars has years. It takes mars a little more time to revolve 687 earth days in a year for mars. The difference between Earth and Mars years is 322 days.

Mars has phases of the moon

This is because you need a sun and a moon to revolve around the planet and Mars revolves around the sun once every 1.88 earth years or 686.93 earth days. You will not see phases on Mars because in my research it says that mars is the 4th closest to earth but from Mars shadow of sunlight, but Mars is close enough to Earth that Earth's shadow can cause some phasing.

Seasons

Mars has seasons because mars is on its axis and revolves around the sun. The tilt of the planet's axis is at a 23.5 degree for Earth and Mars is at a 25. The seasons are caused as the Earth, tilted on its axis, travels in a loop around the Sun each year. Summer happens in the hemisphere tilted towards the Sun, and winter happens in the hemisphere tilted away from the Sun. As the Earth travels around the Sun, the hemisphere that is tilted towards or away from the Sun changes.

Eclipses

Mars can have eclipses because they have a planet, sun, moon and a revolve in the same plane at a full moon phases. The moons of mars are really small so they can't have full eclipses but they can have partial ones.

The Curious Life of a Mars Rover - Nat Geo Live