Which planet is Mars?
Why is Mars red?
When you look at Mars from Earth, it looks reddish, and even close up Mars is also red. That’s because there’s a lot of iron on the surface, and it has turned red in an oxidation reaction – that is, Mars is very rusty.
When did Mars form?
What’s it like on Mars?
Mars is a lot like Earth in some ways. Mars is not too far from the Sun to be solid (as Jupiter is), and it’s not so close to the Sun that it is very hot (like Mercury). Like Earth, Mars rotates so that it has regular short days and nights, seasons, and a year more or less the same length as our year. But Mars is only about half as big as Earth – about 1000 miles (1500 kilometers) across, so Mars has less gravity than Earth does.
Does Mars have an atmosphere?
The atmosphere – the air – on Mars is thinner than on Earth, because there is less gravity. The air is mostly carbon dioxide and hardly any oxygen. This probably means that there are no plants on Mars that can photosynthesize using sunlight.
Is there water on Mars?
Probably there is no liquid water on Mars now, because the temperature is usually below freezing there, and the air is too thin. The air pressure is so low that water would just evaporate. There is ice made out of water though.