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Interested in a trip to Mars? Get started by checking out these facts about the striking red planet Mars’ physical characteristics.

Interested in a trip to Mars? Get started by checking out these facts about the striking red planet Mars’ physical characteristics.

Mars is one of those planets that we can easily spot in the night sky, thanks to its red color! Mars gets its color from the iron oxide that is found on the planet’s surface.

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun, just after our planet, Earth. Like Earth, Mars has volcanoes, canyons, and polar ice caps. However, Mars is quite a bit drier and cooler than our planet.

This planet is one of the brightest in the night sky, which makes it easy to spot. And this month on May 30th, 2016, Mars will be closer to the Earth than it has been in awhile. You’ll be able to see some of the features easily with a simple telescope, so you definitely want to take a look!

Fun Fact – Mars has four seasons like Earth does – though they are quite a bit drier and colder.

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By Paige Hudson

Paige Hudson is the author of Success in Science and a homeschooling mom. She has a passion for sharing the wonders of science with children, which is why she writes science curriculum for homeschoolers at Elemental Science. She holds a BS in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech and currently resides in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia with her husband and 2 children.