For decades scientists have been looking for water on Mars, because they basically believe it is a cousin to Earth. Mars, forever has remained one of humanity’s greatest hopes for life beyond Earth. Some even consider Mars an extension to our planet. While we may be far away from actually inhabiting Mars, there are some interesting facts about Mars that most people are not familiar with. Usually it’s just about whether or not scientists actually found water on Mars, which at this point is quite insignificant to an average civilian.
Given the lack of knowledge about the red planet, we thought we’ll let you in on some interesting facts about Mars. So read on, and enjoy.
The first on our list of interesting facts about Mars is her seasons. Given the tilt of Mars is almost as Earth, 23.5o compared to 25o respectively, the red planet has the same four weathers, though somewhat more extreme. The seasons on Mars last longer than they would on Earth. The winters are colder and the summers are hotter.
There is a valley on the red planet which is the size of North America. It comprises an enormous system of canyons which stretches 2,600 miles or 4,200 km across the planet’s surface. At the deepest point, the valley reaches 7 km below land level. In perspective, if the valley were to be placed on Earth, it would stretch from New York to San Francisco and further. The valley is called Valles Marineris.
Mars is home to the tallest mountain in the solar system, that the scientists and researchers are aware of. It goes by the name Olympus Mons and is a shield volcano, much like those in Hawaii etc. It stands at a whopping 13.2 miles or 21 km above sea-level. It is three times taller than the Mount Everest, and the total surface area of the mountain would pretty much be the size of the state of Arizona.
Two moons orbit the planet Mars. Phobos is the larger of the two. It is not as perfectly circular as our moon, but it is indeed a vision, but for a very interesting reason. Phobos orbits around the planet so quickly that it would set twice in the East every single day.
One of the most interesting facts about Mars is that it is the only other planet in the solar system other than Earth that has polar ice caps. The southern ice cap is reportedly made up of dry ice which is said to resemble freshly fallen snow. An entire ice cap that looks like fresh snow. That should be a treat.
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