MARS THE RED PLANET Shaun Bolten Ms. McLauren 6-2
Hi, I am Shaun and this is my photo story on Mars. Have you ever heard some one call Mars “The Red Planet”? Well, that is because Mars is covered in iron oxide and like any iron exposed to air, it will rust turning Mars red. Mars is the forth planet from the sun, and is only slightly smaller than Earth. Mars is different from Earth in many ways. Even though Earth is larger, Mars has two different moons; Deimos and Phobes.
If you compare Mars’ atmosphere to Earth’s atmosphere, it would be equal to one percent of the size Earth’s atmosphere, so it does nothing to protect it from radiation and other objects. Mars’ atmosphere is composed of mainly carbon dioxide, while other gases such as oxygen and nitrogen together don’t even equal two percent of the atmosphere.
Mars is approximately 6,779 km in diameter, making it about half the size of Earth. That sounds small but that is about the same amount of dry land on Earth.
A person who weighs a total of 200kg on earth would weigh about 76kg on Mars because of the size difference of the two planets. The gravity on Mars is about thirty eight percent of the amount of gravity pulling on you on Earth.
Mars has many very interesting facts. There are so many differences and ways to compare Mars to other planets in the Solar System. It would be worth your time to learn more about “The Red Planet”.
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