What is the fourth planet from the sun?
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in our solar system Mars is often referred to as the 'Red Planet' due to the red iron oxide that covers its surface Mars is smaller than Earth and has two moons, Phobos and Deimos
Exploring Planet Mars
Atmosphere: The layer of gases that surround a planet and affect its temperature and weather. Molten Core: The center of a planet which is composed of incredibly hot, partially melted rock. Regolith: The layer of rock and dust that covers a solid surface such as a planet.
What do you think is the most interesting thing about the planet Mars?
- Its two moons, Phobos and Deimos
- Its red surface
- The possibility of life there
- The potential for human colonization
Mars is the second brightest object in the night sky after Venus. Mars has the tallest mountain in the Solar System called Olympus Mons. A day on Mars is almost exactly the same length as a day on Earth.
Draw / write: What do you know about Planet Mars?
Draw / write: What would it be like to live on Planet Mars?
How would you rate our understanding of Planet Mars?
What strategies could we use to learn more about Planet Mars?
What do we know about Planet Mars?