25 Awesome Facts About Mars

Posted by , Updated on May 22, 2024

Mars holds a unique position in our solar system, resembling Earth more closely than any other planet. Since the dawn of humanity’s gaze toward the skies, Mars has fueled curiosity and theories. The enduring debate over the possibility of life on Mars has persisted for centuries and remains vibrant today. Indeed, recent discoveries indicate that Mars might be capable of sustaining various life forms. Proposed manned missions to Mars are currently under consideration, while discussions continue about the possibility of terraforming the planet. This process would essentially entail creating a form of global warming to develop an atmosphere that can support life. Yet, the possibility of life isn’t the only fascinating aspect of Mars. The planet is also notable for hosting the tallest mountain in the solar system, Olympus Mons—a volcano that stands several times higher than Mount Everest and spans an area comparable to France. Additionally, Mars is the only other planet in our solar system with polar ice caps. If all this hasn’t captured your interest yet, keep reading for more intriguing information about our neighboring planet. Here are 25 outstanding facts about Mars!

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The highest mountain in the solar system, Olympus Mons, is on Mars. It is three times the height of Everest and would cover most of France.

The highest mountain in the solar system, Olympus Mons, is on Mars.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Mars is one of five planets you can see with your naked eye (Mars, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter).

Mars is one of 5 planets you can see with your naked eye (Mars, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, and Jupiter)Source: earthsky.org, Image: wikipedia
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The Indian mission to mars was actually cheaper than the filming of the movie Gravity.

The Indian mission to mars was actually cheaper than the filming of the movie GravitySource: nytimes, Image: wikipedia
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The average surface temperature is -63 degrees Celsius (-81 degrees Fahrenheit).

The average surface temperature is -63 degrees celsius (-81 degrees fahrenheit)Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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In 1997 three men from Yemen sued NASA for invading Mars. They claimed that they had inherited it from their ancestors thousands of years ago.

In 1997 three men from Yemen sued NASA for invading Mars. They claimed that they had inherited it from their ancestors thousands of years agoSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Scientists want to induce global warming on Mars to make it habitable for life. This process is known as terraforming.

Scientists want to induce global warming on Mars to make it habitable for life. This process is known as terraforming.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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A NASA engineer actually designed a flag for Mars.

A NASA engineer actually designed a flag for MarsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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More than 100,000 people have applied for a one-way trip to colonize the red planet in 2022 (Mars One).

More than 100,000 people have applied for a one-way trip to colonize the red planet in 2022 (Mars One)Source: cnn, Image: wikipedia
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One year on Mars consists of 687 Earth days.

One year on Mars consists of 687 Earth daysSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Currently, Mars' population is seven robots.

Currently, Mars's population is seven robotsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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On its 1 year anniversary the Curiosity Rover sang Happy Birthday to itself on Mars.

On its 1 year anniversary the Curiosity Rover sang Happy Birthday to itself on MarsSource: washingtonpost, Image: wikipedia
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You weigh 60% less on Mars than you do on Earth.

You weigh 60% less on Mars than you do on EarthSource: nasa, Image: winnifredxoxo via Flickr
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Martian soil is perfect for growing asparagus and turnips, but probably not strawberries.

Martian soil is perfect for growing asparagus and turnips, but probably not strawberries.Source: wikipedia, Image: pixabay
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Speaking of Martian soil, NASA found the soil to be surprisingly similar to the soil you have in your backyard. It has all the nutrients necessary to support life.

NASA found the soil to be surprisingly similar to the soil you have in your backyard. It has all the nutrients necessary to support life.Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Roughly 4 billion years ago Mars had an oxygen rich atmosphere.

Roughly 4 billion years ago Mars had an oxygen rich atmosphereSource: sci-news.com, Image: pixabay
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Sunsets are blue on Mars.

Sunsets are blue on MarsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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The reason Mars is red is because it is covered in rust (iron oxide).

The reason Mars is red is because it is covered in rust (iron oxide)Source: space.com, Image: wikipedia
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Mars is approximately half the size of the Earth.

Mars is approximately half the size of the EarthSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Out of more than 40 attempted missions to Mars, only 18 have been successful.

Out of more than 40 attempted missions to Mars, only 18 have been successfulSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Mars has the biggest dust storms in the solar system. They can last for months and cover the entire planet.

Mars has the biggest dust storms in the solar system. They can last for months and cover the entire planetSource: nasa, Image: wikipedia
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Although Mars is only half the Earth's size, it has about the same amount of land. This is because Earth's surface is mostly covered with water.

Although Mars is only half the Earth's size, it has about the same amount of land. This is because Earth's surface is mostly covered with water.Source: nasa, Image: pexels
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Scientists have found pieces of Mars on Earth which let them study the red planet before space missions began.

Scientists have found pieces of Mars on Earth which let them study the red planet before space missions beganSource: nasa, Image: wikipedia
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The pieces came from meteorites that struck Mars, ejected them into orbit around the sun, and then after millions of years they crashed into the Earth.

The pieces came from meteorites that struck Mars, ejected pieces into orbit around the sun, and then after millions of years they crashed into the EarthSource: nasa, Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center via Flickr
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The name Mars comes from the Roman god of war.

The name Mars comes from the Roman god of warSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia
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Besides Earth, Mars is the only other planet with polar ice caps. It is also the most hospitable for life.

Besides Earth, Mars is the only other planet with polar ice caps. It is also the most hospitable for life.Source: nasa, Image: wikipedia