Mars Quick Facts:
4th planet from the sun
The red color on the surface is rusted or contains iron oxide.
It has two moons. Phobos and Deimos.
There are no rings around Mars.
It’s about half the size of Earth.
Reason #5: It’s Too Far Away
54.6 million kilometers.
In theory, the closest that Earth and Mars would approach each other would be when Mars is at its closest point to the sun (perihelion) and Earth is at its farthest (aphelion). This would put the planets only 33.9 million miles (54.6 million kilometers) apart. from How Long Does It Take to Get to Mars? by Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com Contributor | February 13, 2014 10:27pm ET
Reason #4: Blue Sunsets are Weird
Dust in the Martian atmosphere has fine particles that permit blue light to penetrate the atmosphere more efficiently than longer-wavelength colors. That causes the blue colors in the mixed light coming from the sun to stay closer to sun’s part of the sky, compared to the wider scattering of yellow and red colors. The effect is most pronounced near sunset when light from the sun passes through a longer path in the atmosphere than it does at mid-day.
Reason #3: Mars is Ruled by Robots.
On earth, we fear a machine uprising that will one day destroy the human race. Mars is the only planet in our Solar System to be inhabited solely by robots. There are four of them quietly ruling over the red planet; Curiosity (killed the cat), Opportunity (knocks only once), Spirit (can be broken), and Mars Pathfinder (will track you down).
Reason #2: Space Suit Required
Unlike getting invited to a formal event where you must wear the proper attire in order to fit in. On Mars, it is a matter of life or death (radiation from space will kill you). Forget style. Spacesuits are cool. However, it would be your one and only outfit for life!
Reason #2: Storms!
Storms on Mars can last weeks. They can develop in a short amount of time and grow so large, they engulf the entire planet! This means there really isn’t anywhere to hide from these massive storms. These are dry dusty storms powered by sunlight. Unlike storms on earth that are cleansing. Mars’s storms just dirty everything they touch.
Mars is fascinating, but I’m an earthling through and through. Us humans and animals of this planet evolved to make the best of our big blue marble and I like to keep it that way.