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Mars, the Red Planet, has long fascinated human beings. Named after the Roman God of War, its red colour is apparent even to the naked eye. It features a heavily cratered ancient crust, younger plains, canyons and volcanoes. Mars is a comparatively cold world, with average surface temperatures of around -60 degrees C.

Mars 11 December 2007 - (c) Solar Worlds

Mars 17 November 2007 - (c) Solar Worlds

Mars November 2007 - (c) copyright Solar Worlds

Being our planetary neighbour Mars has been the target of several exploration missions over the past decade, most notably NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Mission. For the latest news and images taken by the twin Mars Rovers check the NASA mission website.

Mars - October 2005 - Solar Worlds

Mars - Solar Worlds

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