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"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Monday, August 5, 2013

5 Facts about Mars

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the amazing landing of Curiosity on Mars! Can you believe it's been an entire year already?

You can see a movie entitled Twelve Months in Two Minutes here that shows images from a fisheye camera called the Hazard-Avoidance camera on the front of Curiosity taken over the last year.  It shows it taking samples in a variety of different areas of Mars.

NASA will have a live event tomorrow at 10:45 AM on NASA television and on their website, if you are lucky enough to be home to view it!  I'm not so lucky as I have to work.

In honor of the anniversary, I thought we'd take a look at the red planet!

How many of these facts do you know?

1. The largest volcano in the solar system is on Mars!  It's called Olympus Mons.

2. Mars has polar ice caps - like Earth does - but scientists believe the Mars ice caps are frozen carbon dioxide, not water.

3. Mars has seasons like we do here on Earth.  They are caused by a similar tilt of the planet's axis.

4. Mars is about half the diameter of Earth.

5. Temperatures on Mars can vary from about 80°F in summer to a low of -225° in the winter.  Not only is Mars much farther from the sun than Earth is but the planet lacks an atmosphere to hold in the heat.

Image found here

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