Planet Mars Facts

Mars is the second smallest planet (Mercury is the smallest) and fourth planet from the Sun. This planet is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. Our Mars facts for kids will give you lots of amazing and interesting facts about Mars.
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Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun. It is the fourth terrestrial planet along with Mercury, Venus, and Earth and also is the second smallest planet in the solar system. Terrestrial means it also has a hard rocky surface like earth. Mars is a reddish dusty, desert planet with ancient volcanoes, sand dunes, canyons, and many meteorite craters.

The planet is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. It is also known by the name of “Red Planet” due to its red color.

Below, we have prepared a list of best interesting facts about Mars. Maybe some of them you will already know but some Mars facts for kids will definitely surprise you. So let’s start the amazing journey of Planet Mars. 

FACT 1. Mars has a thin atmosphere composed primarily of carbon dioxide.

FACT 2. Mars is the second smallest planet in the solar system after Mercury.

FACT 3. Mars is the 4th planet from the Sun and is around 227,940,000 km from the Sun.

FACT 4. Mars makes a complete orbit around the Sun in 687 Earth days. A day on Mars is 24 hours and 37 minutes –– only a little bit longer than a day on our planet.

FACT 5. Mars’s gravity is 38 percent of Earth’s. So if you weigh 70 pounds here, you’d weigh about 27 pounds on Mars.

FACT 6. Mars has two moons named Phobos and Deimos.

FACT 7. There are NO rings around Mars.

This image was taken during the first drive of NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars on March 4, 2021. Perseverance landed on Feb. 18, 2021, and the team has been spending the weeks since landing checking out the rover to prepare for surface operations. This image was taken by the rover’s Navigation Cameras. source: https://mars.nasa.gov/resources/25689/perseverance-is-roving-on-mars/

FACT 8. Olympus Mons, the tallest mountain known in the solar system is on Mars with more than 22 km high and 600 km diameter.

FACT 9. Mars has a very thin atmosphere composed mostly of the tiny amount of remaining carbon dioxide (95.3%) plus nitrogen, argon, and traces of oxygen and water.

FACT 10. Mars is the only other planet besides Earth that has polar ice caps. The north polar cap is called the Planum Boreum, and the South cap is called the Planum Australe.

FACT 11. The first true Mars mission success was the Mariner 4 flyby in 1965.

FACT 12. Wernher von Braun was the first person to make a detailed technical study of a Mars mission.

FACT 13. The first human-made object to touch the Moon was the Soviet Union’s Luna 2, on 13 September 1959. The United States’ Apollo 11 was the first crewed mission to land on the Moon, on 20 July 1969. [Source Wikipedia].

FACT 14. It is believed that pieces of Mars have been found on Earth.

Hope you enjoyed the mars facts for kids. Must visit the website of NASA to know more Mars facts for kids.

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