Astronomy:Outline of Mars

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Short description: Overview of and topical guide to Mars

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Mars:

Mars – 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"[1][2] 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.

Classification of Mars

Location of Mars

  • Milky Way Galaxy – barred spiral galaxy
    • Orion Arm – a spiral arm of the Milky Way
      • Solar System – the Sun and the objects that orbit it, including 8 planets, the 4th planet from the Sun being Mars

Features of Mars

Surface of Mars

Martian surface

Landforms on Mars

Natural satellites of Mars

Moons of Mars

History of Mars

Exploration of Mars

Exploration of Mars

Flyby and direct missions to explore Mars

Missions to Mars

Proposed missions to explore Mars

Mars in popular culture

  • Mars in fiction
    • John Carter of Mars
    • Martians
      • Mars Attacks!
      • The War of the Worlds
    • Films set on Mars

See also


  1. Zubrin, Robert; Wagner, Richard (1997). The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must. New York: Touchstone. ISBN 978-0-684-83550-1. OCLC 489144963. 
  2. Rees, Martin J., ed (October 2012). Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide. New York: Dorling Kindersley. pp. 160–161. ISBN 978-0-7566-9841-6. 

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