10 Mars facts!

Check out these aMarsing facts!

  1. Mars is red because it’s rusty! The soil contains a lot of oxidised iron.
ingenuity helicopter on mars

2. The Mars rover Perseverance is carrying a helicopter, Ingenuity, that was the first (known) aircraft to fly on another planet.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/CNRS

3. You can watch the surface of Mars live as seen from orbit by the Mars Odyssey THEMIS mission here: https://themis.asu.edu/livefrommars (I say live, they video is usually about two weeks old).

heart shaped plateau on mars

4. This 250 metre heart-shaped mesa is in Mars’s Promethei Rupes south polar region.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS

5. The Viking 1 lander had a mission projected lifetime of 90 days on the surface of Mars. It transmitted data to Earth for over 6 years.The Curiosity rover had a mission projected lifetime on the surface of Mars of about two Earth years. Nearly nine years after landing it’s still sending us data.

mars sunset is blue

6. Sunset on Mars looks blue!

Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Texas A&M Univ.

7. You can see exactly where the Perseverance Mars rover is at any time… https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/mission/where-is-the-rover/

happy face on mars

8. Near its south pole, Mars has a Happy Face Crater.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

9. Approximately 50% of all space missions to Mars have failed before returning any data to us. Effectively, every Mars mission needs double the budget so we can send it twice!

chocolate hills on mars

10. Chocolate discovered on Mars!
This picture taken by the Opportunity rover shows an area scientists have called the ‘Chocolate Hills’.
Do you think the big rock in the middle looks like a chocolate brownie?

Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell