Welcome to Mars

Named after the god of war

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Welcome to the Red Planet

  • The planet mars got its name from a Greek god named Ares(God of war).
  • Mars has two small moons named Phobos and Deimos
  • Mars is nicknamed the red planet because it is covered with rust-like dust. Even the atmosphere is a pinkish red, colored by tiny particles of dust thrown up from the surface.
  • Mars experiences violent dust storms which continually change its surface
  • Mars has many massive volcanoes and is home to Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in our solar system, it stands 21km high and is 600km across the base.
  • Mars has a very thin atmosphere made mostly of carbon dioxide. It is not thick enough to trap the sun's heat like Venus, so the planet is very cold. Temperatures range from -120 Degrees Celsius on winter nights to 25 Degrees Celsius in the summer.
    • Mars has many channels, plains and canyons on the surface which could have been caused by water erosion in the past.
      • Mars has very weak gravity which cannot hold onto the atmosphere well.

          • The polar ice caps consist of frozen Co2 (dry ice) which lies over a layer of ice.