Temperature On Mars Habits

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Dylan Hoff
ESS 102 AC


The year is 2050. A man gazes across the endless span of Martian sand dunes in front of him. A breeze moves by, picking up some of the fine red sand and twirling it around.
“Come on Otto. Let’s get out of here!” the man hears through his headset. “We only have a few hours until it gets too cold.” “My bad Reggie.” Otto says while hopping back to the rover. He knows Reggie is right. The temperature on Mars averages about negative 80 degrees Fahrenheit and can drop as low as negative 195 degrees. This is because Mars’ atmosphere is approximately 100 times thinner than Earth’s, making it ineffective at trapping heat. However, the temperature on Mars varies greatly ranging from positive 70 degrees to negative 100 degrees during the summer. This causes frost to form on rocks at night, and then turn to vapor during the morning.
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He turned the rover toward a clear dome in the distance and began speeding down the side of a sand dune. It does not take very long for Otto and Reggie to make it back to the colony. The rover is able to speed along the sand at high speeds and jump high without damaging itself because the gravity on Mars is only 0.38 as strong as Earth’s. That means the 1500-pound rover only weighs 570 pounds on Mars. The lower gravity on Mars is due to its smaller density and radius. Although it has a similar surface area as Earth, it only has about 15% of Earth’s volume and 11% of its
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