Interesting Mars Facts - Discover Unique Things
Mars is a well-known red planet that stole the spotlight. After years of research, scientists have collected a lot of valuable information about the fourth planet from the Sun. Every year we're getting more data on Mars and more interesting things to learn. Here are the most amazing, important, and even weird facts you may want to know or rather share with friends. From its ancient past to its potential future, we'll explore the Red Planet in all its glory and uncover the secrets that make it one of the most studied planets in our solar system.
Top 10 Amazing Facts
- Mars is the second smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. Its diameter is 6,779 kilometers — almost half the size of the Earth.
- It would take over 6 of Mars to fill the volume of Earth. Mars has about 15% of Earth's volume.
- It is possible to see Mars from Earth with the naked eye. Mars is one of the brightest objects in the Earth's sky, behind only Venus, the Moon, and the Sun.
- Mars has a much thinner atmosphere. The atmospheric pressure is over 100 times less than Earth's. The composition is also significantly different.
- Mars is home to the highest mountain in the solar system called Olympus Mons. It is 26 km high (three times as tall as Everest) and 624 km across (diameter).
- A year on Mars lasts 687 days and is almost twice as long as on Earth. The solar day (sol) on Mars is only slightly longer than an Earth day: 24 hours and 37 minutes.
- Mars features a way lower gravity — 38% of that of Earth. If your weight here on Earth is 80 kg, it will be only 30 kg on Mars.
- About 4 billion years ago, Mars could have had a warm and wet climate with around 18 °C temperature, a denser atmosphere, and our usual rains.
- We call Mars the "Red Planet", but its sunsets are actually bluish, whereas sunsets on our blue planet Earth look red.
- The Martian soil is red due to the iron oxide on its surface, or to put it simply, rust.