Mars

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Mars Methane Release

Post by Joseph Buell » Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:11 pm

No, Mars can not fart, but it can release methane. https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap090119.html

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Mars: Small Planet

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:09 am

If the Sun were as tall as a typical front door, Earth would be the size of a dime, and Mars would be about as big as an aspirin tablet.
Source: NASA
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Mars: Fourth Rock

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:10 am

Mars orbits our Sun, a star. Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun at an average distance of about 228 million km (142 million miles) or 1.52 AU.
Source: NASA
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Mars: Longer Days

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:11 am

One day on Mars takes a little over 24 hours. Mars makes a complete orbit around the Sun (a year in Martian time) in 687 Earth days.
Source: NASA
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Mars: Rugged Terrain

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:12 am

Mars is a rocky planet. Its solid surface has been altered by volcanoes, impacts, winds, crustal movement and chemical reactions.
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Mars: Bring a Spacesuit

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:13 am

Mars has a thin atmosphere made up mostly of carbon dioxide (CO2), argon (Ar), nitrogen (N2), and a small amount of oxygen and water vapor.
Source: NASA
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Mars: Two Moons

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:14 am

Mars has two moons named Phobos and Deimos.
Source: NASA
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Mars: Ringless

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:15 am

There are no rings around Mars.
Source: NASA
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Mars: Many Missions

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:16 am

Several missions have visited this planet, from flybys and orbiters to rovers on the surface.The first true Mars mission success was the Mariner 4 flyby in 1965.
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Mars: Tough Place for Life

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:16 am

At this time, Mars' surface cannot support life as we know it. Current missions are determining Mars' past and future potential for life.
Source: NASA
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Mars: Rusty Planet

Post by Joseph Buell » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:17 am

Mars is known as the Red Planet because iron minerals in the Martian soil oxidize, or rust, causing the soil and atmosphere to look red.
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