Mars is named after the Roman god of war. It is also called the red planet because the rich iron oxide, or rust, on its surface makes it look red from space (the surface of Mars is made up of the same stuff on those rusty old railings down the road!)
Liquid water does not exist on Mars. Like Earth, however, Mars has two polar ice caps. If one of these melted, the water would be enough to cover all of Mars in water!
Olympus Mons, the second tallest mountain in the Solar System and the tallest found on any planet, can be found on Mars. It is about three times taller than Mt. Everest.
(Taken from 101 Facts… The Solar System by IC Stars & IP Factly)
Mars is featured in the following books:
101 Facts… The Solar System
101 Facts… Space Exploration
MARS – The Red Planet! Early Reader Book
101 Facts.. Space
The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Mars. Details of the videos featured are underneath.
- NASA | Mars Evolution
- Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Animation by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- Curiosity Has Landed by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- What sets Curiosity apart from other Mars Rovers? by SpaceRip
- Mars: World That Never Was by SpaceRip
- Why Mars Died, and Earth Lived by SpaceRip
- NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Report – June 7, 2013
- NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Report – July 11, 2013
- NASA Curiosity Rover Report — September 19, 2013
- Space School – Mars by Discovery TV
- Space School- Mars by Science Channel
More space video playlists include:
The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, The Moon (& other moons), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Beyond Neptune, Asteroid Belt, Comets, Black Holes, Dwarf Planets and Stars.
A full list of space videos can be found at ipfactly.com/space-videos