A daily dose of Inspiration for you!

Today’s source of Inspiration is exploration and knowledge gained through exploration.  Our universe is filled with places to explore and much to learn.  Mars is the fourth planet from our Sun.

 

Mars has two natural satellites or moons.  They are irregularly shaped.  Phobos and Deimos are the moons.  Mars is nicknamed the “Red Planet” because the iron oxide present gives it a reddish appearance.  Mars has a thin atmosphere, impact craters, valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps.  The rotational cycle and seasonal cycle are similar to Earth’s.  Olympus Mons is the largest volcano and the second-highest known mountain in the Solar System. For Mars, seven spacecraft are in orbit and two are currently on the surface.  Multiple countries have sent spacecraft and future missions are planned.

 

Mars is half the diameter of Earth and it is thought less dense.  Current models of the core have it consisting of iron, nickel, and some sulfur.  The core is surrounded by a silicate mantle.  There are tectonic and volcanic features.  Liquid water cannot exist due to the planet’s thin atmosphere.  For mapping purposes the United States divides Mars into thirty quadrangles.

 

Temperatures range from -225 degrees F to 95 degrees F.  Seasons are similar to Earth’s due to its axial tilt.  Seasons in the planet’s southern hemisphere are more extreme than in its northern hemisphere.  Often, when Mars is its closest to the Sun, it has dust storms.  The large dust storms present are the largest in the Solar System.

 

People have mapped and been fascinated by Mars historically.  Many people have had theories about what they believed were Martians.  Martians became a fashionable belief by many in the late 19th century.  People are still interested in stories and facts about Mars.  Mars is inspirational.  Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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