Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend

142 million miles

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DIAMETER

4,220 miles

Mars is the secondsmal­lest planet in the solar system, with a diameter that is just shy of the width of Africa. Mars is 1.9 times smaller than Earth. If Earth were the size of a nickel, Mars would be about the size of a raspberry.

TEMPERATUR­E EXTREMES

-284°F to 86°F

ENVIRONMEN­T

Mars is often considered the most hospitable place in the solar system beyond Earth.

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