What is Mars?

Anna Piskunova
Anna Piskunova
April 30, 2015
What is Mars?

In the solar system, there are nine (if you count the dwarf planet Pluto) of various planets in their characteristics. One of them is Mars. What is Mars, what are the astronomical features of this planet?

Mars - the planet of the solar system, which occupies the fourth place from the Sun. Named in honor of the ancient Roman god of war - Mars, which in Greek mythology corresponds to Ares.

The main characteristics of the planet

Mars is the seventh largest planet and is almost 10 times smaller than Earth. The surface of Mars has a reddish tinge: this color is given to it by iron oxide. Mars has a fairly rare atmosphere and diverse relief. So, on this planet you can find craters, volcanoes, valleys and even deserts. Along with this, there are also glaciers similar to those of the earth.

Mars has 2 small satellites - Phobos and Deimos.

A day on the planet lasts just over 24 hours, and the time during which Mars makes a complete revolution around the Sun is 687 Earth days.

As for the suitability of living conditions, it is most likely that it is not available to modern man, due to the strong concentration of carbon dioxide on the planet, which makes it difficult for us to use oxygen breathing.