Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. In English, Mars carries a name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the 'Red Planet'. The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars' surface, which gives it a reddish appearance distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. 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.
A minor planet, between Mars and Jupiter, has been named after Pandit Jasraj, the doyen of Indian classical vocal music. International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named minor planet 2006 VP32 (number.. IndiaTimes - Published
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence kicks off the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. telling participants that 'soon' the U.S. will launch the 6th branch of the armed forces and..
Forest fires in Jambi, Indonesia, turn the sky red, making it look like Mars. The forests burn every year during the dry season, but this is the first time the sky turned red and the air quality is now..
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Six years after courting Mars, India has planned seven scientific missions in the next 10 years, including a date with Venus in 2023. Venus is considered to be earth’s ‘twin sister’ because of.. IndiaTimes - Published
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Saying goodbye can be hard – and NASA are certainly finding that out this week, after it emerged that one of their trusty Mars rovers, Opportunity, will no longer be traversing.. One News Page Staff - Published