Most likely Mars got its name due to its bright red colour since the Greek God Mars is the good of war. Due to its colour often you will hear Mars referred to as the Red Planet. Mars has been recognized since prehistoric times but it has been studied for a long time period afterwards as it is the closest planet that could support life next to the Earth. Mars is the seventh largest planet in the solar system, or in other words the third smallest and is the fourth planet from the sun.
Mars travels in an elliptical orbit and as a result has different climate zones throughout the planet much like the Earth. The average temperature on Mars is about -55C, but temperatures can range anywhere between -133C and 27C depending on the season. Mars has one notable mountain on it that rises up 24KM and also has a large valley of canyons on the surface both of which prompted scientists to believe at one time that the land was inhabitable.
Most of the land on Mars is cratered and aged, but there are some valleys, plains, and ridges. There is some evidence of erosion on the planet which suggests that at one time there was a liquid on the planet.
- Common Questions
- Are there any planets still to be found?
- Do any planets have any living things?
- Do any planets have water on them?
- Near Miss Asteroids – Example of 2012DA14
- The Apollo 11 Expedition
- What different elements are the planets made of?
- What is a space rocket made of?
- What is the most interesting planet?
- What order do the planets go in?
- Which is the newest planet?
- Which is the oldest planet?
- Contact Us
- How did the Earth form?
- The Planets
- The Solar System