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Red Planet Day Date When Celebrated: Always November 28th (would you ever wanna visit? do you think there is life on Mars?)

Posted by on Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:27 PM
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Red Planet Day

Date When Celebrated: Always November 28th

The planet Mars is referred to as the "Red Planet" because it appears red in color. Red Planet Day honors our celestial neighbor, the fourth planet in the solar system.

Is Mars truly red in color? Scientists debated this question, even after the Mars Rovers landed and began to explore the planet. Why? Because the lenses used to take photos are tinted.

On Red Planet Day, take a few minutes to look upwards into the sky, and gaze at our neighbor. Hopefully, you will have a cloudless night sky for viewing. You can also recognize this day by reading up about Mars, and viewing pictures of it. There are plenty of pictures online. We've noted some of those sites below in the "More Information"section.

Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28,1964. The 228 day mission of Mariner 4 brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars on July 14, 1965.


Mars Facts and Trivia:

Fourth Planet from the Sun

Mars gets it's name from the Greek word "Ares", the God of War

Often visible to the naked eye

Distance from the Sun: average 136,764,000 miles

Rotation around the Sun: 687 days

Rotation period: 1.026 Earth days

Gravity: 1/3 of Earth

Size: 7th largest planet, about 1/10th the mass of Earth

Moons: none

Temperature range(F): -207 to +81 degrees


More Information:

Welcome to the Planets - from NASA- great pictures

Nine Planets

Explore Mars Now

Browse the Solar System - from the USGS



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aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:32 PM

http://www.attendconference.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/mars.jpg


Mznaye
by Jo on Nov. 28, 2013 at 2:36 PM
Tfs
nngmommy83
by Gold Member on Nov. 28, 2013 at 4:17 PM

TFS!

Ladyisis
by Jenn on Nov. 28, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Cool facts! Thanks for sharing.

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