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5 Ways Living on Mars Would Be Different from Earth

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Published on Aug 9, 2012

Life on Mars 5 Reasons Your Life Would Be Different on Mars - as part of the education series by GeoBeats.

The successful landing of Curiosity on Mars means we'll be learning a lot more about our neighborly planet in the coming years. Have you ever wondered what it'd be like if you lived there? Here are 5 ways your life would be different on Mars.

Number 5 - You would be waiting 687 Earth days to celebrate your birthday each year, but you would also get close to an extra 40 minutes to sleep in as a Mars day is 24 hours 39 minutes and 35 seconds.

Number 4 - You would need a lot of warm clothes. The average temperature on Mars is about minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit. In winter, it can get down to negative 220 degrees and during the summer it may get up to 70 degrees.

Number 3 - You would need lots of soap and laundry detergent. The "red planet" is named as such because of the fine, red dust that covers the entire surface of Mars. Winds can cause dust storms that last for months and the largest ones cover the entire planet.

Number 2 - You would be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound...well maybe not in one jump, but if on Earth you could jump 3 feet high, on Mars it would be closer to 9 feet due to lower gravity.

Number 1 - You would need a space suit to help you breathe and protect you from ultraviolet radiation. Mars' atmosphere is very thin and made up of mostly carbon dioxide.

So would you prefer to live on Earth or Mars?

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