The Red Planet


Planet Profile:

Equator Diameter:
6,792 km
Orbit Distance:
227,943,824 km (1.52 AU)
Orbit Peroid:
687 days (1.9 years)
6.42 x 10^23 kg (10.7% Earth)
Surface Temp:
-153 to 20°C
First Recorded:
2nd millennium BC

Quick Facts:

  • Mars and Earth have approximately the same landmass
  • Mars is home to the tallest mountain in the solar system: Olympus Mons
  • Mars has the largest dust storms in the solar system
  • On Mars the Sun appears about half the size as it does on Earth
  • Pieces of Mars have fallen to Earth.

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  • Phobos
  • Deimos

Did you know?

In the next 20-40 million years Mars' largest moon Phobos will be torn apart by gravitational forces leading to the creation of a ring that could last up to 100 million years.

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