The Roman god Mars was not on Mount Olympus, but his Greek counterpart lived there. Ares, the Greek god of war, lived among the other Olympians: Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Aphrodite, Hermes, Dionysus and Hephaestus.Continue Reading
In Greek mythology, Ares is the son of Zeus and Hera, and he is Aphrodite's lover. His temper and untamed violence contrast with Athena's focus on military intelligence and strategic movement. He fathered more than 50 children, including Phobos, whose name means "Fear;" Deimos, meaning "Terror;" and Adrestia, meaning "Revenge."
Worship of Ares' strength and resilience was not widespread. Statues and temples were located in Sparta, Athens, Geronthrae, Tegea and Thebes.Learn more about Folklore
NASA's Mars exploration program has turned up some evidence that the red planet may once have been at least partially habitable, though not necessarily for the kind of life forms an Earthling would expect to see on a habitable planet. For example, the Opportunity rover, which began exploring Mars in 2004, has found that pH-neutral water may have been present on parts of the planet's surface billion of years ago, which leads some scientists to believe that microbial life may have been able to survive on Mars. Another Mars rover, Curiosity, also found evidence that life-sustaining water still exists on the planet, mostly underneath Mars's rocky surface.Full Answer >
Mars is the second smallest planet in the solar system, with a diameter of just over 4,212 miles and a circumference of 13,256 miles. Its diameter is about 53 percent that of the Earth. Among the major planets, only Mercury is smaller.Full Answer >
How much people weigh on Mars varies according to how much they weigh on Earth. Someone who weighs 160 pounds on Earth would weigh 59.5 pounds on Mars, according to the Athena Mars Exploration Rovers page hosted by Cornell University.Full Answer >
Humans cannot live on Mars because neither the temperature nor the atmosphere is compatible with human survival. There is also no edible food and very little available water. However, given the construction of an artificial environment, life on Mars could be possible.Full Answer >