Mars Quiz

See how much you know about the planet Mars with this quiz.

Quiz

See how much you know about the planet Mars with this quiz.

1. What's the temperature on an average day on Mars?

  • Fairly temperate
  • Blazingly hot
  • Below freezing

2. How many Martian moons are there?

  • 2
  • 3
  • 4

3. Spanning 336 miles, what is the Olympus Mons?

  • The largest volcano in the solar system.
  • The longest river in the solar system.
  • One of Mars' orbiting moons.

4. What was the reason that Percival Lowell, an early authority on Mars, gave for the canal-like grooves on Mars?

  • The canals were the handiwork of intelligent creatures.
  • The canals were caused by tremors on the planet's surface.
  • The canals remained after a massive ocean dried up.

5. How does the atmosphere of Mars differ from the Earth?

  • It's thinner.
  • It's heavier.
  • It's relatively the same.

6. How long is a Mars year?

  • 525 days
  • 687 days
  • Practically the same as the Earth's year

7. SNCs, or meteorites from Mars that have been discovered on Earth, were named for the cities in which they were found. Which of these are the original sites?

  • Shergotty, India; Nakhla, Egypt; and Chassigny, France.
  • Singapore, Singapore; Naples, France; and Callo, Peru.
  • San Antonio, USA; Nassau, The Bahamas; and Charleroi, Belgium.

8. Which of these spacecraft most recently landed on Mars' surface?

  • Mariner
  • Endeavor
  • Pathfinder

9. Since 1992's launch of Mars Observer, significant changes have been made to NASA's exploration of the planet. Which of the following is true?

  • NASA Officials have tried to develop "cheaper, better, faster" science missions.
  • Congress wants NASA to spend more on interplanetary exploration.
  • The NASA ground support team has been expanded to more than 500 people.

10. Which of these is not a reason Mars is known as the "red planet"?

  • Romans named it for the God of War because it reminded them of blood.
  • The oxidized iron in the planet's soil appears red.
  • Its reddish hues make it look angry.

Your Results:

1. What's the temperature on an average day on Mars?
Below freezing

2. How many Martian moons are there?
2

3. Spanning 336 miles, what is the Olympus Mons?
The largest volcano in the solar system.

4. What was the reason that Percival Lowell, an early authority on Mars, gave for the canal-like grooves on Mars?
The canals were the handiwork of intelligent creatures.

5. How does the atmosphere of Mars differ from the Earth?
It's thinner.

6. How long is a Mars year?
687 days

7. SNCs, or meteorites from Mars that have been discovered on Earth, were named for the cities in which they were found. Which of these are the original sites?
Shergotty, India; Nakhla, Egypt; and Chassigny, France.

8. Which of these spacecraft most recently landed on Mars' surface?
Pathfinder

9. Since 1992's launch of Mars Observer, significant changes have been made to NASA's exploration of the planet. Which of the following is true?
NASA Officials have tried to develop "cheaper, better, faster" science missions.

10. Which of these is not a reason Mars is known as the "red planet"?
Its reddish hues make it look angry.

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