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Arizonia University -The Planet Mars Excellent, detailed overview.

Ames research center Mars Landing, January 2004.

Beagle 2 was scheduled to land on Mars at 2.54am GMT, 25th December 2003.
As of January 4, 2004, contact has not been made with Beagle 2.

UW-Green Bay, Mars Information

Vital Statistics

Eccentric orbit. Average distance from the Sun is 142 million miles.
Perihelion distance 128.6 million miles, aphelion distance 160 million miles.
687 day orbit. Distance from Earth varies from 36 million miles (nearest planet after Venus) to over 250 million miles.
Proportionately, this six-fold distance variation is the greatest of any planet. Diameter 4225 miles. Rotates in 24-1/2 hours.  


  The Earth is 93 million miles from the Sun.
Average distance from Sun 149.6 million km (93 million miles)

Closest to Sun (perihelion) 147.1 million km (91.5 million miles) about Jan. 3
Farthest from Sun (aphelion) 152.1 million km (94.5 million) miles about July 4
Rotates on axis in 24 hrs., revolves around Sun in 365.2564 days.
Diameter: through equator 12756.26 km (7928 miles); through poles 12713.5 km (7899 miles)






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