Red Planet Day is celebrated around the world on November 28th. The holiday is simply created for those who love space! The date is dedicated to Mars, the most studied planet in the solar system. For many years of research, scientists have sent a huge number of robots there to study the area. Who knows where they will lead in the future.
The date was not chosen by chance. On November 1964, 28, the automatic interplanetary station Mariner 4 was launched to explore Mars from a flyby trajectory. After 8 months, the spacecraft brilliantly completed the task. This was a real breakthrough. The station flew from the surface at a maximum approach of 9846 km. The device was able to take 22 black and white photographs, but 1 of them was incomplete.
Mariner 4 not only captured the surface of the planet, but also sent a photo to earthlings. The scientists were eager to examine the data, so instead of waiting for a decoder, they hand-colored the image. They found that the surface was similar to the Moon, also identified adverse climatic conditions, the absence of the ionosphere.
Until now, many dreamers dream of life on Mars. However, this is not yet discussed, but we do not know what will happen in the future. The most graphic film about life on the planet is The Martian. Matt Damon played the lead role. After a mission on the planet, due to a dust storm, he could not fly away with the team and stayed to develop a new home.
Did you know that Mars:
- has a pressure 160 times lower than on Earth;
- differs in a longer year – here it is 2 times more than we are used to;
- weighs 10 times less than our planet;
- it is distinguished by a large temperature difference: the maximum here was +35 C °, the minimum was -153 C °;
- in the past was covered with water;
- in the southern hemisphere has geysers;
- surprises with a yellow-orange sky.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the planet! I’m sure she’ll enchant you. Study the latest research, communicate with like-minded people, join thematic communities. Organize a party and decorate the room in the style of space.
When is Red Planet Day celebrated in 2022?
Red Planet Day is observed on November 28 each year.