13 Interesting Facts about Mars

Mars is one of the eight planets of our solar system. It is the fourth planet from the Sun. Mars is the second-smallest planet of our Solar System after Mercury. Read to know interesting and wonderful facts about the Red Planet Mars.

Mars Facts
Mars is one of the eight planets of our solar system. It is the fourth planet from the Sun. Mars is the second-smallest planet of our Solar System after Mercury. Here are some interesting and wonderful facts about the Red Planet Mars.


1. Different names of Mars


The ancient Romans named Mars after their god of war because of its red, blood-like shade. The ancient Greeks named the planet Ares after their war god. The Egyptians called the planet "Her Desher," which means "the red one and the Chinese called it "the fire star".


2. The Red Planet

Mars is also called as Red Planet. It is oftenl called as the "Red Planet" because the reddish iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish look.


3. Atmosphere of Mars

Mars has a thin atmosphere.


4. Highest mountain of solar system is in Mars

Olympus Mons is the highest mountain and volcano of the Solar System and is on Mars. It is 25 kilometers high which makes it about two and half times higher than Mount Everest. It is discovered by Nasa Mariner 9 spacecraft.


5. Moons of Mars

Mars has two moons. They are Phobos and Deimos. These two moons are small and are irregularly shaped.


6. First Journey to Mars

The first journey to the Red Planet Mars is accomplished in 1965 by Mariner 4 spacecraft. Mariner 4 took 228 days to reach the planet.


7. Can we breathe on Mars?

No, we cannot breathe on Mars.Mars has approximately 96% carbon dioxide, 1.9% argon, 1.9% nitrogen, and traces of free oxygen, carbon monoxide, water and methane, among other gases. We need Oxygen to breathe. Since Mars only have a small amount of oxygen, we cant breathe on it.


8. Sunsets of Mars

The sunsets on Mars is blue.


9. Diameter of Mars

Mars is less than half the diameter of our planet Earth.


10. Dust storms on Mars

Dust Storms in Mars are the largest of our solar system. They can last for months and cover the entire planet.


11. Longest and Deepest Canyon is on Mars

Valles Marineris is the longest and deepest canyon of our entire solar system is on Mars. Its maximum length is 4000 km, maximum width is 200 km and maximum depth is 7 km.

12. Who observe Mars First?

Galileo Galilei observed Mars first in 1609 with a basic telescope.


13. Can we seen Mars with naked eyes?

Mars is one of those planets that we can seen with naked eyes. The others are Mercury, Jupiter and Venus and Saturn.



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