Where does Mars fit into the Solar System and what makes this planet unique?
- Mars is the 4th planet from the Sun.
- Olympus Mons on Mars is the tallest mountain in the Solar System.
- Rovers have been sent to explore the surface of Mars, searching for signs of life.
- Humans may one day colonise Mars.
4th planet from the Sun
Average distance from the Sun 228 million km
Mars has the tallest mountain in the Solar System
Olympus Mons is 3 times the height of Everest
Atmosphere: 95.32% Carbon dioxide, 2.7% Nitrogen, 1.6% Argon, 0.13% Oxygen
Mars has polar ice caps
Temperatures of -140°C
Elsewhere temperatures can reach 22°C
Mars has seasons
Mars = 0.1 Earth masses
Mars rovers are exploring the surface looking for signs of life
We may colonise Mars in the future
Mars- The next best place to live, or find life