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Red Planet Day

Explore the mysteries of our universe on Red Planet Day! Learn about Mars, discover new space facts, and join in the interstellar fun!
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Get ready to explore the Red Planet on Red Planet Day, November 28th! This day celebrates the discovery of Mars as a planet and its exploration by humans. It's an exciting time for space enthusiasts, as we are now able to travel further into space than ever before and learn more about our mysterious neighbor in the solar system. With so much unknown out there, Red Planet Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come since this tiny red dot was first discovered.

History of Red Planet Day

Red Planet Day Dates

Red Planet Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1877</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Discovery of Martian Canals</div><div class='timeline-text'>Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli reports observation of canali on Mars, wrongly translated as 'canals' leading to belief in Martian civilization.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1965</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mars Flyby by Mariner 4</div><div class='timeline-text'>Mariner 4, NASA's spacecraft, provides the first close-up photos of Mars, marking humanity's first successful flyby of the Red Planet.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1971</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Mars Landing by Soviet Mars 3</div><div class='timeline-text'>Soviet spacecraft Mars 3 achieves the first successful landing on Mars, though the communication was lost shortly after touchdown.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1976</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Successful Mars Landing by NASA</div><div class='timeline-text'>NASA's Viking 1 makes the first successful long-term landing on Mars, returning detailed photographs and important scientific data.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Opportunity Rover's Mission on Mars</div><div class='timeline-text'>NASA's Opportunity rover begins its mission on Mars, eventually making many discoveries about the planet's past and possible signs of water.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Curiosity Rover Lands on Mars</div><div class='timeline-text'>NASA's biggest and most advanced rover, Curiosity, lands on Mars, set to explore Gale Crater and Mount Sharp over years.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Red Planet Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch a Martian movie</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab some popcorn and watch your favorite sci-fi film set on the Red Planet. From blockbusters like The Martian to classic flicks like Total Recall, there are countless movies to choose from.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make red planet crafts</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Break out the art supplies and create fun Martian-themed crafts. Try making paper mache planets, painting rocks to look like Martians, or designing a papier mache rocket ship.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Read a Mars book</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Explore the red planet with a good book! There are plenty of books about Mars, from science fiction stories to nonfiction accounts of the planet's history and geology.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go stargazing</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit a dark sky area where you can observe the night sky without light pollution. Look for Mars in the evening sky, it should be easy to see as it is one of the brightest planets in our solar system.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Eat red food</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Host a themed dinner party and serve up dishes that have hints of red in them. Think tomato soup, beetroot salad, berry tarts and ruby smoothies.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Red Planet Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Red Planet Day celebrates space exploration</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Red Planet Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements of humanity's space exploration. From the first satellite, Sputnik 1, to today's robotic rovers on Mars, we've accomplished feats that have helped us unlock secrets about outer space and taught us so much about our universe!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Mars is a fascinating world</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Thanks to years of research and observation by scientists from all over the world, astronomers have been able to uncover some amazing facts about Mars. It has an atmosphere similar to ours, temperature extremes comparable to Earth's, and may even have liquid water! So Red Planet Day is a great excuse to learn more about this mysterious and captivating planet.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Red Planet Day supports science education</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Educators around the world use Red Planet Day as an opportunity to teach students new concepts in space science. This helps create a sense of wonder and curiosity in young minds, inspiring them to pursue careers in scientific fields or simply appreciate what science has done for us!</p></div></div>

5 Unearthed Facts for Red Planet Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mars has the Largest Volcano in the Solar System</h3><p class='facts-content'>Named Olympus Mons, this Mars volcano stands around 13.6 miles high, which is nearly triple the height of Mount Everest, the tallest peak on Earth.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mars is Home to the Longest Valley</h3><p class='facts-content'>Valles Marineris on Mars is the longest canyon system in the solar system. It stretches over 2,500 miles, which is nearly ten times the length of Earth's Grand Canyon.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Martian Days are Slightly Longer than Earth Days</h3><p class='facts-content'>A day on Mars, known as a sol, is about 24 hours and 39 minutes long. This extra 39 minutes means that the Martian day-night cycle is slightly out of sync with that of Earth.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mars Has Seasons Like Earth</h3><p class='facts-content'>Because Mars has a tilted axis, like Earth, it experiences seasons. However, these seasons are about twice as long given Mars' longer orbit around the sun.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Mars has Weather Phenomena Similar to Earth</h3><p class='facts-content'>Weather phenomena on Earth, like dust storms, clouds, and fog, have similar counterparts on Mars. In fact, Mars is home to the largest dust storms in our solar system, which can last for months and cover the entire planet.</p></div></div>

Red Planet Day FAQs

When is Red Planet Day?

Red Planet Day is celebrated on November 28 every year. In 2024 Red Planet Day will occur on a Thursday.

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