facts about mars

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    Post by agent kooldude09 on Sat Aug 22, 2009 9:11 am

    did you know Mars has the biggest mountain in the solar system.

    It’s called “Olympus Mons” and it’s actually a dormant volcano. Olympus Mons is 15.5 miles high and 372 miles across. To give you an idea, Mt. Everest is between 5 and 6 miles tall. Mars also has the biggest canyon system in the known universe, the “Valles Marineris,” which is 2,500 miles long and 4 miles deep.

    did u know People have always wondered about life on mars because of the “canals” first seen by early astronomers.

    This is why we have always imagined alien invaders coming from there, and not Jupiter or Venus. Actually, Mars is one of the least habitable planets, with freezing temperatures, solar winds, and almost no atmosphere. It is far more likely for there to be life on Venus. The canals seen by early observers are long, straight lines on the planet’s surface that scientists believe are evidence of water.

    Compared to the other planets in the solar system, Mars is quite small.

    It is half the size of earth. Mars has about a third of the earth’s gravity, which means that you can jump three times as high.

    Mars has some of the wildest weather in the solar system.

    It has asome wind storms, dust storms and small torna (dust devils). In 2001, a huge dust storm covered the entire planet for several earth days. Scientists are puzzled that a planet with so little atmosphere could have raging storms such as these. They don’t know what causes them, but there are more storms when Mars is close to the sun. When it’s on the farther end of its orbit, there are icy clouds made of carbon dioxide and dust. This is also strange because Mars has no surface water.

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    Post by Puffles on Sat Aug 22, 2009 12:12 pm

    Wow. Mars sounds like a fascinating place. Mountains 15 ft tall??? I simply can't imagine climbing that high! I know that I wouldn't want to be in a storm that covers an entire planet. Thanks for sharing. study

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