SSS Mars - Solar System Summary 5: Mars ASTR 1101 Mars Mars...

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Solar System Summary 5: Mars ASTR 1101 Mars Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. Mars has a diameter of 6 785 km. This is equal to 0.53 Earth diameters. Like the Earth it is an oblate spheroid. Mars has a mass of 6.4 x10^23 kg or 0.11 Earth masses. Its density is 3.933 gm/cm^3. Mars rotates once in 24.62 hours and completes one day (one orbit with respect to the Sun) in 1.029 Earth days. (nssdc.gov) Mars is, other than Earth, probably the most well known and intriguing planets. The surface of Mars is very interesting with giant mountains and huge valleys that are all over the planet. The largest mountain in the Solar System, Olympus Mons, stands on Mars. It stands at an altitude of 24 km (78,000 feet) with a base that is 600 km across. A system of canyons, Valles Marineris stretch out over the surface of Mars. It is spread over nearly 2,500 miles (4000 km). These canyons can get up to 200 km wide and 6 km deep too in some areas. Mars even has some evidence of water at some point in the past.
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2009 for the course ASTR 1020 taught by Professor Staff,u during the Summer '08 term at Georgia Perimeter.

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