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Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. Named after the Roman god of war, it is often referred to as the "Red Planet" because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.
The rotational period and seasonal cycles of Mars are likewise similar to those of Earth, as is the tilt that produces the seasons. Mars is the site of Olympus Mons, the largest volcano and second-highest known mountain in the Solar System, and of Valles Marineris, one of the largest canyons in the Solar System. The smooth Borealis basin in the northern hemisphere covers 40% of the planet and may be a giant impact feature. Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos, which are small and irregularly shaped. These may be captured asteroids, similar to 5261 Eureka, a Mars trojan.
There are ongoing investigations assessing the past habitability potential of Mars, as well as the possibility of extant life. Future astrobiology missions are planned, including the Mars 2020 and ExoMars rovers. Liquid water cannot exist on the surface of Mars due to low atmospheric pressure, which is about 6⁄1000 that of the Earth's, except at the lowest elevations for short periods. The two polar ice caps appear to be made largely of water. The volume of water ice in the south polar ice cap, if melted, would be sufficient to cover the entire planetary surface to a depth of 11 meters (36 ft). On November 22, 2016, NASA reported finding a large amount of underground ice in the Utopia Planitia region of Mars. The volume of water detected has been estimated to be equivalent to the volume of water in Lake Superior.
Mars can easily be seen from Earth with the naked eye, as can its reddish coloring. Its apparent magnitude reaches −2.91, which is surpassed only by Jupiter, Venus, the Moon, and the Sun. Optical ground-based telescopes are typically limited to resolving features about 300 kilometers (190 mi) across when Earth and Mars are closest because of Earth's atmosphere.
I have 2 new LMT MARS-L stripped lowers that have never been built so they could be used for either rifle or pistol builds.
Was going to build these but just got too busy. The LMT safety is gone as I planned on replacing it with a Radian Talon but never got around to it. Both come...
I just saw the movie 'The Dirt" on Netflix. It's a movie about the story of Motley Crue. I HIGHLY suggest seeing it. One of the best movies I've seen in years. So I have been on a Motley Crue kick lately and I was watching a documentary and they where interviewing Mick Mars while he was doing...
A buddy and I invested in these super cool...super big AL MARs and I’m hoping I can get some more info on where to post, or get more info on them...
One is a Pathfinder
And the other is a Smachett
I know they are pretty rare and valuable but would like to find out more.
I also traded for a...
So I have thought about this one for awhile. If you had the opportunity to be one of the first to colonize mars would you do it? Assuming for the purpose of this discussion that it would be at the end of 2018 and we had terraformed mars to a breathable environment.
I say that I absolutely...
I had a conversation with a friend about the probability of other intelligent life in the universe. He thinks there is none, so I did some thinking and napkin math and sent him an email. I thought some people here might find it interesting too.
Speed of light: 299,792,458 meters per...