What You May and May Not Know About Mars
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What You May and May Not Know About Mars

Mars is probably the most studied planets in our solar system, yet the average human knows very little about it. After reading this article you will know a lot more about the red planet. Despite all the movies you have heard and beliefs of peope from past generations, the possibility of Martians, and the ability for us humans to live on Mars one day is slim to none.
Mars is a planet in our solar system that has gained a lot of curiosity, and therefore there has been a lot of research done on the planet. Even though there has been a lot of research done on the planet it is odd that the average person knows surprisingly very little about the planet. Mars is the 4th planet from the sun. Aside from Venus it is the closest planet to the planet Earth. Mars is often referred to as The Red Planet. That is because it appears to us as reddish light. This reddish light comes from the massive amounts of iron oxide that is in the surface dust of Mars. Because of some of its similarities to Earth many have thought that planet Mars might contain life. So far there has been no evidence of life on Mars, but Mars has become the most explored planet in our Solar System. The name Mars comes from the Romans who named it after their God of War. Mars is one of the four Rocky Planets in our solar system meaning it is mainly made up of rock while other planets are made of other things such as gases. Earth is also one of the rocky planets as is Venus, and Mercury. Mars takes about the same time to rotate around the sun as Earth around 24 hours. It takes Mars about 687 days to orbit the sun. This means that one Mars year is 687 days, so their years are almost twice as long as ours. This means that their seasons last twice as long as well. The closest planets to Mars are Earth and Jupiter. Because of how they orbit the sun Earth and Mars occasionally get a little closer to one another. This happens about every 26 months. They get the closest to one another about every 15 to seventeen years. The high concentration of iron on the planet mars has mixed with water and oxygen over time. This has caused many of the rocks and dust to form rust. There is so much rust on the planet that it appears to be red. Almost all of Mars’s atmosphere was soaked up by the rocks to make the rust. Why Humans Could Not Live on Mars: Humans could not live on Mars because there is not enough oxygen on Mars for humans to breath. There is no rain, there are no oceans, and there are no plants. The soil is not suitable for growing plants. Without plants to help create more oxygen the planet just does not have enough to sustain human life. Although Mars is the 4th planet from the sun it is still much further away from the sun than Earth that means that it is a lot colder on Mars then it is on Earth. Mars also has a thin atmosphere which allows heat to leave it very easily. Earth’s thick atmosphere helps to keep us warm like a blanket. The winters on Mars can be very, very cold and can get down to around 63 degrees. In the summer temperatures can go as high as 180 degrees. This is obviously another reason why humans or any type living being could not live on Mars. Just in case you thought there might still be hope you should also know that Mars has very high radiation levels. What Does Mars Look Like? Mars will look different depending on where you would be looking much like Earth where some areas are different and colder than others. Both the North and South Poles have a lot of ice on them. Other parts of the northern side resemble the dessert. The southern part of the planet has deep canyons. The majority of the planet has tall cliffs, huge volcanos, and huge craters in the ground as well as large holes where riverbeds have dried up over time. Mars has 2 moons and those two potato shaped moons orbit Mars more closely than our one moon does to Earth. Why Did People Think There Might Have Been Life On Mars? People long ago thought that there might have been life on Mars because an astronomer by the name of Giovanni Schiaparelli while looking through a microscope saw that there were many lines on the plant that crisscrossed. He believed that those lines were canals. So obviously someone or something had built the canals. Once we had the technology to actually send probes to Mars however there were no such canals there. There is evidence however that there once was water on Mars. There are grooves and channels that likely were once rivers. There may have even been bacteria on the planet at one time. So although there is no evidence of life on Mars now who knows maybe way before we had the technology to explore it before the entire planet turned to rust it is possible that there could have been life. But there is no evidence what so ever of that.

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So man's interest in the "red" planet is more out of the desire to find "neighbours." Sad to say the search thus far was fruitless. Even the canals and grooves seen there might not have necessarily have been created by water. Maybe that's how God created the service of the planet. Nevertheless I'm fascinated by how much there is for us to observe and to learn about God's creation. Is it too difficult to believe that God the Creator created verything for His pleasure and decided to put Man on the most likely and suitable planet, Earth?

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