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  • 1. Mars The Red Planet
  • 2. Planet Composition/Size
    • Composition
      • composed primarily of basalt
      • much of the surface is deeply covered by a fine iron oxide dust that has the consistency of talcum powder
        • gives Mars its red color
    • Size
      • Mars has approximately half the radius of Earth and only one-tenth the mass
      • its surface area is only slightly less than the total area of Earth's dry land
  • 3. Moons
    • Mars has two small satellites
      • Phobos
      • Deimos
    Phobos Deimos
  • 4. Revolution/Rotation
    • A solar day on Mars is 24 hours and 39 minutes long.
    • A Martian year is 1 year, 320 days, and 18.2 hours.
  • 5. Temperatures
    • Martian surface temperatures vary from lows of about −140 °C (-220 °F) during the polar winters to highs of up to 20 °C (68 °F) in summers.
    • Mars also has the largest dust storms in the Solar System.
      • can vary from a storm over a small area, to gigantic storms that cover the entire planet
      • tend to occur when Mars is closest to the Sun
  • 6. Distance from Sun
    • Mars is one of the inner, or terrestrial, planets.
    • It is the fourth planet from the sun.
    • Mars’ average distance from the Sun is roughly 230 million km.
  • 7. Surface Features
    • Mars is red in appearance
    • The surface of Mars is very rocky.
    • It is a mountainous planet.
    • The volcano, Olympus Mons, is the highest mountain in the solar system.
    Olympus Mons
  • 8. Interesting Facts
    • Face on Mars
      • This image, showing what looks to be a human face and other features of the Cydonia region on the Martian surface, was produced using data from NASA's Viking 1 orbiter in 1976.
  • 9. Resources
    • Wikipedia
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars
    • The Nine Planets
      • http:// www.nineplanets.org /