Fourth rock from the sun

Updated: October 07, 2013 17:01 IST

Named after the Roman God of war, Mars is also called the Red Planet because of the presence of iron oxide on it's surface, which colours it reddish.

Fourth rock from the sun
Named after the Roman God of war, Mars is also called the Red Planet because of the presence of iron oxide on its surface, which makes it reddish in colour.

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Fourth rock from the sun
Mars has two known moons called Phobos and Deimos, which could be captured asteroids.

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Fourth rock from the sun
Pictured here, one of Mars' two polar ice caps.

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Fourth rock from the sun
The surface of Mars is pitted with craters, many of which are named after scientists and those who have contributed to the study of mars. Other are named after towns and villages on Earth.

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