Happy Red Planet Day!

Red Planet Day is celebrated on November 28 and honors Earth’s next-door neighbor – Mars (aka the “Red Planet”). Mars is the seventh largest planet and has one-tenth of the mass of Earth. The temperature on Mars ranges from -207 F to +81 F. It takes Mars 687 days to circle around the Sun.

Red Planet Day commemorates the launch of the Spacecraft Mariner 4 on November 28, 1964. The 228 day mission of Mariner 4 brought the spacecraft within 6,118 miles of Mars and transmitted the first images of Mars’ surface. (Source)

How to write about Red Planet Day:

  • Have you ever seen Mars? It is sometimes visible to the naked eye. Write about your experience looking at the stars and planets.
  • Are you a science fiction fan? Share your favorite book or movie involving Martians.
  • Are you interested in astronomy? What resources can you recommend for someone who is interested in viewing Mars?