Mars is best viewed from Earth when it is at
What makes the view of Mars in the summer of 2003 so spectacular?
Mars was both at perihelion and opposition, creating the perfect viewing conditions from Earth.
Why does Mars appear fainter than Venus, as seen from Earth?
because it is smaller, farther away and less reflective
Which is the correct size order, from smallest to largest?
Mercury, Mars, Venus
How long is a day on Mars?
24 hours, 36 minutes
What causes the changing dark and light features visible on the Martian surface from Earth?
highly cratered and eroded areas that are frequently covered and uncovered by dust
Most of the dark regions on Mars visible from Earth are
volcanic planes like the lunar maria.
The deepest depression found on the surface of Mars is the
Hellas Basin of Mars.
The most striking valley in the solar system is:
Valles Marineris on Mars.
The largest shield volcano yet discovered is:
Olympus Mons on Mars.
Why is the southern hemisphere of Mars believed to be older than the northern?
The southern hemisphere is more heavily cratered.
The NASA missions that landed on Mars in 1976 were the
Vikings I and II.
The Tharsis Bulge on Mars is roughly the size of
If water caused the huge outflow channels on Mars, what was the most likely process that formed them?
catastrophic but rare flooding
Evidence of liquid water in Mars' distant past suggests that it had a substantial atmosphere compared to what it has presently. What happened to its water vapor?
The atmosphere has frozen out into the polar ice caps and permafrost as Mars has cooled.
Why is Mars red?
The iron in the surface rocks have been oxidized over time.
One piece of evidence against the possibility of water on Mars is
the few carbonate rock layers that would have formed on the bottoms of oceans.
The main constituent of the martian atmosphere is
Mars' magnetic field is so weak because
it core may no longer be molten and its core contains less iron than our own.
How many moons does Mars have?
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