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Upper Elementary Science - I
3.9 Planet Mars - The Red Planet

In astronomy mythology, Mars was the Roman god of war and agriculture. It may not seam like these two things go together, but they do. Mars protected those who fought for their communities, and stayed home to raise crops for food.

How much would you weigh on Mars? If you weighed 70 pounds on the Earth, you would weigh about 27 pounds on Mars.

Mars excites scientists because it's mild temperament is more like the Earth's than any of the other planets. Evidence suggests that Mars once had rivers, streams, lakes, and even an ocean. As Mars' atmosphere slowly depleted into outer space the surface water began to permanently evaporate. Today the only water on Mars is either frozen in the polar caps, or underground. Mars has two moons, their names are Deimos and Phobos.

Q 1: The only planet where life is known to exist is _______.

Q 2: How many planets orbit our sun?

Q 3: I am called the red planet. My sky looks pink. I have mountains, volcanoes and canyons, and there once was life on me. Who am I?

Q 4: What color is Mars?

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