How Cold Is It on Mars?


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The surface temperature on Mars ranges from minus 225 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The average temperature is minus 81 F, which is much colder than the average Earth temperature of 57 F.

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Mars is approximately 142 million miles from the sun. This is about 50 million miles farther than the average distance between Earth and the sun. It is a cold, desert planet with polar ice caps, volcanoes and canyons. Mars has distinct seasons and weather just like Earth, but it has a much thinner atmosphere, which keeps liquid water from remaining on the surface. The atmosphere primarily consists of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and argon.

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