FACTS ABOUT MARS

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MARS

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1. ​​​​ JUST BECAUSE I'M RED DOESN'T
   MEAN I'M HOT
     Mars is often mistaken for being a
     hot planet, greatly due to it's riveting
     redish color, but in fact Mars is
     much cooler than the Earth. Mars is 
     123 million miles from the Sun,
     which is 30 million miles farther
     than the Earth. So Mars would
     naturally be colder. The redish color
     that Mars displays is because of it's 
     Iron oxidized surface.

2.  NOT MUCH FOR GRAVITY
      Mars is 3,706 miles smaller in its 
     diameter than Earth. Being that
     Mars is smaller it has a weaker 
     gravitational force. Mars's gravity is
     about 1/3 that of the Earth . So if you 
     weighed 100 lbs on Earth you would
     only weigh 38 lbs on Mars.

3. THIN ATMOSPHERE
     Because of Mars's weak gravity it 
     can not hold certain gases. In turn
     the Martian atmosphere is very thin. 
     Not only is the atmosphere thin
     but it is unbreathable, being mainly
     composed of Carbon Dioxide.
     Because of the thin atmosphere,
     the planet can't hold what little heat
     it gets, so you end up with extreme
     temperature differences when in
     and out of the sunlight.

4. DOUBLE DOWN
     A year on Mars is almost twice that 
     of a year on Earth. 687 martian days
     to our  365 Earth days, but it's days
     are  very much like ours. With only
     a 41 minute difference, Mars has a 
     longer day.

5.  STORMY WEATHER
     Mars has the largest and the most
     dust storms in  our solar system. In
     fact there have been times when the
     entire planet has been  covered in
     storms.

6. GRAND CANYON HAS NOTHIN
    ON MARS.
     You may think that the Grand Canyon
     is spectacular, but not in retrospect to
     the Valles Marineris on Mars. This
     canyon is approximately 2000 miles
     long, 370 miles wide and in parts can
     reach up to 5 miles deep.

7.  A GIANT VOLCANO
     Olympus Mons is the biggest volcano
     known in our solar system. It's height
     is nearly 5 miles high and 360 miles 
     wide, but it's slope is only 2º to 5º 
     which means you wouldn't even
     know you were on a volcano.
      

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Observed as early as 1000 BC but revered by a name given it by the Roman empire, Mars is home to the biggest volcano in our solar system and to a valley that over shadows even our grandest canyon. It's common landscapes are barren and desolate as our most hostile deserts but 4x colder on average than Earth's coldest regions. It's redish orange color that has fascinated us for centuries has procurred Mars with the nickname "The Red Planet" and too this day with all that we know, Mars is still a mystery.



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