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About Mars

Mars is the fourth planet in the Solar System. It's also the most Earthlike environment that we have found outside our own world. Mars has a rocky surface, an atmosphere, and a 24-and-a-half hour day. As humanity becomes a multiplanetary species, Mars will be our first new home...

Growing Plants on Mars

As humanity ventures into the Solar System, Mars will be one of our first destinations. Although the red planet is inhospitable, it may be possible for us to establish a colony there. Creating civilization on a new world will require one of the same cultural tools that we relied on here on Earth - Agriculture....

The Formation of Mars

Mars, the Red Planet, named for the God of War, is the fourth planet in our Solar System. It's about half the size of Earth, and like Earth, it has a solid surface, making it a terrestrial planet. Mars formed in much the same way that the Earth did, but since then, the two planets have had very different lives....

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The Oceans of Mars

In its early history, Mars was a very different place. Scientists now believe that Mars possessed a thick atmosphere and large oceans of liquid water. For hundreds of millions of years, Mars had conditions that were favorable to the formation of life....