Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and is the second smallest planet in the solar system. Named after the Roman god of war, Mars is also often called as the “Red Planet” due to its reddish appearance. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere composed primarily of carbon dioxide.
Mars is a regular point of discussion for space explorers around the world. We’ve sent dozens of spacecraft there to study it. Some want to land astronauts on it. The planet is just far away to make that dream difficult, but just close enough to trigger our imagination. So what are some of the most amazing things about the Red Planet?
1. You’d feel lighter on Mars
If humans ever set foot on Mars, they would feel much lighter. The Red Planet is smaller than Earth and has less surface gravity than the planet we call home.
On Mars, you'd feel 62.5% less gravity than you’re accustomed to on Earth, so if you weighed 100lbs on Earth, you would weigh only 38lbs on Mars.