Now well into her 13th year roving the Red Planet, NASA’s astoundingly resilient Opportunity rover has arrived at the precipice of “Perseverance Valley” – overlooking the upper end of an ancient fluid-carved valley on Mars “possibly water-cut” that flows down into the unimaginably vast eeriness of alien Endeavour crater.
Mars is the 4th planet from Sun, and the place that holds our imagination because of the possibility that there might be life there. There are some similarities to Earth, like its day length, solid ground and polar caps, but there are many differences as well, like its much smaller size, mass and gravity. And don’t forget about the extremely cold temperatures. Let’s learn about Mars compared to Earth.