Our galactic neighbor, Mars, gets it’s very own shout out every year with “Red Planet Day.” Each November 28, scientists and supporters of this fourth rock from the sun have a chance to celebrate everything about this planet next door. The day began as a way to honor the launch of Spacecraft Mariner 4 in 1964, one of the earliest missions.
One of the questions that people always ask, “ . . . .is Mars really red?” From the Earth, the planet does sometimes have a reddish glow. But even after scientists gathered more information during un-manned explorations with NASA’s Mars Rover, the questions still remains. Apparently the camera that Mars Rover took pictures with had a tinted lens!
We have a few interesting tid-bits about Mars that might pique your interest. The name Mars comes from the Greek word “Ares,” the God of War. If you ever get a chance to go to Mars, bring heavy shoes. And, be ready to bounce around because the planet has one-third the gravity of Earth. Plus, don’t forget a jacket, the temperature varies greatly on Mars, with a low of -271 to a high of 81 degrees.
We know that you’ll want to celebrate “Red Planet Day” with fireworks. Of course, any red-colored firework from AllSpark Fireworks is going to be fitting. Keep the youngest aficionados of astronomy busy with red sparklers (or green in honor of ‘little green men’) while older outer space fans will enjoy red artillery shells. Another fun pick are our, Moon Travelers. Yes, we do know that Mars doesn’t have any of its own moons, but for the day we are unofficially calling these bottle rockets “Mars Travelers.”