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Introduction

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun.
Answers:
1. two
2. red
3. yes
4. yes.


Size, Mass, Gravity

Mars is about half the size of Earth and about 1/9th the mass of Earth.
Answers:
1. two times
2. Earth
3. 3.8 pounds.


Surface

The surface of Mars is dry, rocky, and mostly covered with iron-rich dust.
Answers:
1. yes
2. Olympic Mons
3. yes.


Temperature

Mars is much colder than the Earth; it is farther from the Sun than Earth.
Answers:
1. cooler
2. yes
3. decrease.


Atmosphere

Mars has a very thin atmosphere, composed mosty of carbon dioxide gas.
Answers:
1. thin
2. carbon dioxide
3. yes
4. pink/yellow or butterscotch.


Orbit, Year

Mars is 1.5 times farther from the Sun than Earth is and a Martian day is 687 Earth days long.
Answers:
1. elliptical
2. 687 days
3. 141.6 million miles or 227.9 million km.


Day, Axis, Seasons

A day on Mars takes 1.03 Earth days (24.6 hours).
Answers:
1. 24.6 hours
2. yes
3. 25.2º.


Interior

Mars is a rocky planet that probably has an iron core.
Answers:
1. rocky
2. probably
3. mantle.


Moons

Mars has two tiny moons, Phobos (meaning fear) and Deimos (meaning terror).
Answers:
1. small
2. asteroids
3. Phobos
4. Phobos
5. 1877.


Missions

There have been many missions to Mars since the first one in 1965.
Answers:
1. 1965
2. 34.6 million miles or 55.8 million km
3. 14 minutes.


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