Mars Name Mars , The Red Planet, was named after the Roman God of War. Because it appears to be red when viewed in the sky.The ancient Egyptians named the planet Her Descher meaning the red one.
Mars Position And Distance Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun. The perihelion is the point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid or comet where it is nearest to the sun. Mars’ perihelion is 207 million kilometers. Mars orbit is not unusual it’s just further from the sun.
Mars’ Rotation And Size Mars is the smallest in terms of other planets. 0.376 times Earth’s gravity would be 3.687 newton per kilogram. A 100 pound person would weigh 37.7 pounds on Mars.
Mars’ Orbit In One Year 687 days on Earth equals one full year on Mars. The distance that Mars travels around the sun is calculated to be 977,388,717 miles.
Mars’ Atmosphere Mars Atmosphere The atmosphere of Mars is made of 95% carbon dioxide, 3% nitrogen, 1.6% argon, and contains oxygen, water, and methane. The atmosphere is thin on Mars.
Mars’ Atmosphere The temperature on Mars changes around -220⁰F in the Winter to 70⁰Fin the summer. Mars is colder than Earth for two reasons, it’s further from the Sun, andMars has no atmosphere to speak of.
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