Mars facts: Interesting facts about Mars, the Red Planet

Fun facts about Mars

Mars is the second smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury.

Mars crates larger than 60 km are named for deceased writers, scientists and others who have contributed to the study of Mars.

The first successful Mars flyby was in 1965 by the Mariner 4.

In 1840, the first map of Mars was drawn by Johann Heinrich Madler, an aerographer who has combined ten years of observations in it.

Mars due to its close proximity to the asteroid belt has an increased chance of being struck by the asteroids.

Galileo Galilei, first viewed Mars in 1610. The first one to see it via telescope.

Mars had an ocean covering 19% of the planet’s surface around 4 million years ago

Mars is the fourth planet from the sun

Phobes and Deimos are the names of the two moons of Mars.

It would take more than six of Mars to fill the volume of Earth.