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Basic Information
  • Mars the fourth planet from the sun in our solar system.
  • Oftend described as red planet, iron oxide on the planet makes it a redish appearance.
  • Its is a terrestrial planet with a thin layer of atmosphere


Planet named after Roman God of War,Mars.
The first spacecraft to visit Mars was Mariner 4 back in 1965.

Mars's Moons
Mars has two moons: Phobos and Deimos

Phobos and Deimos are Mar's two small moons. They are thought to
be asteroids that have been captured.They were discovered in 1877 by
Asaph Hall. They are named in Greek Mythology, Phobos for panic and fear,
and Deimos for terror and dread.


  • It has an orbital period equal to 687 Earth days and
  • a rotational period equals to 24hrs 33mins and 22.6seconds.
  • Therefore there are 668 martian days in a martian year.
  • Mars has a very eccentric orbit that can vary from 249 million km to 207 million km.
  • Mars also experiences seasons.
  • When it is the nearest-59 million km away.
  • It can be seen with great detail even with the smallest telescopes.


  • The Mars Exploration Rovers, launched toward Mars on June 10 and July 7, 2003, in search of answers about the history of water on Mars.
  • They landed on Mars January 3 and January 24 2004
  • The Mars Exploration Rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration on mars