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* ''[[Literature/TauCetiAgendaSeries One Day On Mars]]'', essentially [[Series/TwentyFour 24]] [[RecycledInSpace in THE FUTURE!]], takes place here. ([[CaptainObvious Duh.]]) It's been colonized long enough for people to have a particular phenotype (tall, pale, black-haired).

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* ''[[Literature/TauCetiAgendaSeries One Day On Mars]]'', essentially [[Series/TwentyFour 24]] [[RecycledInSpace in THE FUTURE!]], takes place here. ([[CaptainObvious Duh.]]) (Duh.) It's been colonized long enough for people to have a particular phenotype (tall, pale, black-haired).


Despite its many Earthlike qualities, Mars is nowhere near as big as the Earth. It's only half the Earth's diameter, and has only 38% of Earth's surface gravity. The reason for this is that when Jupiter migrated inward towards the Sun, it robbed Mars of material to form with; scientists believe that had Jupiter not drifted inward, Mars would have been the same size as Earth and Venus. The ''total'' surface area of Mars is about equal to the ''land'' surface area of the Earth (i.e. that small portion of the Earth's surface that isn't under water). Nevertheless, Mars has a canyon system (Valles Marineris) that's far, far larger than Earth's Grand Canyon, and a volcano (Olympus Mons[[note]]Not to be confused with the Olympus Mons from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Or OlympusMons[[/note]]) that's far, far larger than Earth's Mount Everest.[[note]]The reason is that there is ''no'' continental drift on Mars, so the same vent was used over and over by Mars, unlike Earth, where the vents will drift just ask the Yellowstone Caldera, or UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}.[[/note]] Unlike Everest or most other large mountains on Earth, Olympus Mons is not steep at all. On the contrary, it rises so gradually that in terms of land area it's roughly the size of France, and a person standing at the base of Olympus Mons would be unable to see its summit because it would actually be over the horizon. Olympus Mons and Mariner Canyon both lie on a region called the Tharsis Bulge, essentially a seven-kilometer high (that's ''before'' adding the altitude of the volcanoes) bump on the planet's surface caused by a massive upward magma flow beneath that entire area. Olympus Mons is the largest of ''many'' volcanoes sitting on the bulge. When these volcanoes were being formed, the pressure caused by the upward magma flow caused a part of the crust to ''split open'', creating the Valles Marineris. Depending on how the boundary of the Tharsis Bulge is defined, it covers up to twenty-five percent of Mars's surface area.

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Despite its many Earthlike qualities, Mars is nowhere near as big as the Earth. It's only half the Earth's diameter, diameter and has its surface gravity is only 38% 0.38 g (38% of Earth's surface gravity.gravity). The reason for this is that when Jupiter migrated inward towards the Sun, it robbed Mars of material to form with; scientists believe that had Jupiter not drifted inward, Mars would have been the same size as Earth and Venus. The ''total'' surface area of Mars is about equal to the ''land'' surface area of the Earth (i.e. that small portion of the Earth's surface that isn't under water). Nevertheless, Mars has a canyon system (Valles Marineris) that's far, far larger than Earth's Grand Canyon, and a volcano (Olympus Mons[[note]]Not to be confused with the Olympus Mons from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Or OlympusMons[[/note]]) that's far, far larger than Earth's Mount Everest.[[note]]The reason is that there is ''no'' continental drift on Mars, so the same vent was used over and over by Mars, unlike Earth, where the vents will drift just ask the Yellowstone Caldera, or UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}.[[/note]] Unlike Everest or most other large mountains on Earth, Olympus Mons is not steep at all. On the contrary, it rises so gradually that in terms of land area it's roughly the size of France, and a person standing at the base of Olympus Mons would be unable to see its summit because it would actually be over the horizon. Olympus Mons and Mariner Canyon both lie on a region called the Tharsis Bulge, essentially a seven-kilometer high (that's ''before'' adding the altitude of the volcanoes) bump on the planet's surface caused by a massive upward magma flow beneath that entire area. Olympus Mons is the largest of ''many'' volcanoes sitting on the bulge. When these volcanoes were being formed, the pressure caused by the upward magma flow caused a part of the crust to ''split open'', creating the Valles Marineris. Depending on how the boundary of the Tharsis Bulge is defined, it covers up to twenty-five percent of Mars's surface area.


Mars regained its prominence in human imagination in 1976 when the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_1 Viking 1]] probe reached the planet; equipped with more advanced technology, it was able to take a number of impressively high resolution photographs. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cydonia_%28region_of_Mars%29 One of these showed]] [[ItKindOfLooksLikeAFace what appears to be a human face]]. Though quickly debunked by every legitimate authority, it has taken its place alongside the Nazca lines and the Pyramids of Giza in conspiracy lore especially as one of the photographs from the mission ''[[RevealingCoverup has yet to be declassified]]''. Fictional representations of Mars were changed as well; no longer a destination, but a stepping-stone to greater glories in the form of ancient ruins filled with LostTechnology, waiting for humanity to discover it and thereby leapfrog into the stars. One way or another, that [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment particular argument will remain unsettled]] until [[IWantMyJetpack people actually go there unregulated]].

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Mars regained its prominence in human imagination in 1976 when the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_1 Viking 1]] probe reached the planet; equipped with more advanced technology, it was able to take a number of impressively high resolution photographs. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cydonia_%28region_of_Mars%29 One of these showed]] [[ItKindOfLooksLikeAFace what appears to be a human face]]. Though quickly debunked by every legitimate authority, it has taken its place alongside the Nazca lines and the Pyramids of Giza in conspiracy lore especially as one of the photographs from the mission ''[[RevealingCoverup has yet to be declassified]]''. Fictional representations of Mars were changed as well; no longer a destination, but a stepping-stone to greater glories in the form of ancient ruins filled with LostTechnology, waiting for humanity to discover it and thereby leapfrog into the stars. One way or another, that [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment particular argument will remain unsettled]] until [[IWantMyJetpack people actually go there unregulated]].


The most damaging is that Mars has a core that's dead, with no tectonic activity at all, so there's no magnetic field to keep the solar wind from keeping the planet more or less sterile. Although science holds out hope that they will [[OnceGreenMars one day discover evidence that life once existed on Mars]], there's very little hope they will find life living there now.[[note]]This might seem like a problem for colonization, but isn't really; building largely underground as most serious proposals call for handles the radiation problem pretty handily. Many current proposals for colonization indicate that lava tubes basically big caves where ancient lava had flowed underground and then shrank as it cooled, leaving a big empty tunnel would be a good spot to settle.[[/note]] Worse than that, the Martian soil is now known to be extremely rich in hexavalent chromium (known for short as [=HexChrome=]), one of the most potent carcinogens known to man. Today, the moons [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfJupiter Europa]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn Enceladus]] are considered more likely to currently harbor life, both having verified subterranean liquid water and the protection of their respective home planets' magnetic fields. (Europa's surface ice is also a protective barrier from Jupiter's latent radiation.) While in 2015 it was finally verified that there is indeed liquid water on the surface of Mars, the lack of a magnetic field and toxic soil would still be severe obstacles to life.

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The most damaging is that Mars has a core that's dead, with no tectonic activity at all, so there's no magnetic field to keep the solar wind from keeping the planet more or less sterile. Although science holds out hope that they will [[OnceGreenMars one day discover evidence that life once existed on Mars]], there's very little hope they will find life living there now.[[note]]This might seem like a problem for colonization, but isn't really; building largely underground as most serious proposals call for handles the radiation problem pretty handily. Many current proposals for colonization indicate that lava tubes basically big caves where ancient lava had flowed underground and then shrank as it cooled, leaving a big empty tunnel would be a good spot to settle.[[/note]] Worse than that, the Martian soil is now known to be extremely rich in hexavalent chromium (known for short as [=HexChrome=]), one of the most potent carcinogens known to man. Today, the moons [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfJupiter Europa]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn Enceladus]] are considered more likely to currently harbor life, both having verified subterranean liquid water and the protection of their respective home planets' magnetic fields. (Europa's surface ice is also a protective barrier from Jupiter's latent radiation.) While in 2015 it was finally verified that there is indeed liquid water on the surface of Mars, the lack of a magnetic field and toxic soil would still be severe obstacles to life.
life. However, despite the odds, there is a chance extremophiles live inside Mars, after all life has been found to thrive inside of otherwise lethal conditions such as tar pits, geothermal pools, and on the bottom of the ocean in geothermal vents.


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* The second and third series of ''Radio/JourneyIntoSpace'' involves a mission to, and the attempt to get back from, Mars.
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* Although the RPG supplement ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Mars''' is full of modern information on the planet (see under [=Post-Mariner/Viking=] below), two of the example settings in the book -- the '50s-SF-style "Superscience Mars" and the pulpy "Dying Mars" -- are stuffed full of pre-Mariner motifs, including the mandatory canals.

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* The RPG supplement ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Mars''' is a comprehensive guide to what's known about Mars, and past fictional treatments of the planet; [=GMs=] can use it when building their own games, or set campaigns in the various sample versions of Mars (Domed, Terraformed, Superscience, or Dying), each of which use modern maps of the planet in different ways.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Mars is the homeworld of the Adeptus Mechanicus and the prison of the Void Dragon, at least during the Horus Heresy and prior. The planet is surrounded by a massive orbital ring filled with shipyards, which produces the bulk of the Imperium's ships.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Mars is the homeworld of the Adeptus Mechanicus and the prison of the Void Dragon, at least during the Horus Heresy and prior. before. The planet is surrounded by a massive orbital ring filled with shipyards, which produces produce the bulk of the Imperium's ships.


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* In ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'', Mars is settled and in the early stages of terraforming -- just as well for humanity, given that Earth is no longer habitable.
* The RPG supplement ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Mars''' is a comprehensive guide to what's known about Mars, and past fictional treatments of the planet; [=GMs=] can use it when building their own games, or set campaigns in the various sample versions of Mars (Domed, Terraformed, Superscience, or Dying), each of which use modern maps of the planet in different ways.
* The theme of the board game ''Terraforming Mars'' is clear from the title. Players control rival corporations, seeking PR glory and profit from working on the project.
* In ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'', Martian terraforming is well under way, with associated controversies and political complications, and Mars is a viable setting for campaigns. The speed of the terraforming process is perhaps one of the most optimistic, least realistic aspects of the setting design.


->''You need to live in a dome initially, but over time you could terraform Mars to look like Earth and eventually walk around outside without anything on... So it's a fixer-upper of a planet.''
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However, when UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}'s Mariner 4 probe flew past Mars in 1965, it was conclusively shown that the canals didn't actually exist. When the Viking probes landed ([[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace the Soviets got there first]] with Mars 3, but the lander was taken out by a dust storm 14.5 seconds after landing), the planet was shown to be lifeless, and the concept of Martians quickly became discredited. More recent observations suggest that Mars may have supported life in the distant past, and some people still cling to hope that life may reside underground, no matter how unlikely it is. However, the red planet has had such a hold on human imagination for so long that it is not going to be lost as a setting any time soon.

Mars regained its prominence in human imagination in 1976 when the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_1 Viking 1]] probe reached the planet; equipped with more advanced technology, it was able to take a number of impressively high resolution photographs. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cydonia_%28region_of_Mars%29 One of these showed]] [[ItKindOfLooksLikeAFace what appears to be a human face]]. Though quickly debunked by every legitimate authority, it has taken its place alongside the Nazca lines and the Pyramids of Giza in conspiracy lore -- especially as one of the photographs from the mission ''[[RevealingCoverup has yet to be declassified]]''. Fictional representations of Mars were changed as well; no longer a destination, but a stepping-stone to greater glories in the form of ancient ruins filled with LostTechnology, waiting for humanity to discover it and thereby leapfrog into the stars. One way or another, that [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment particular argument will remain unsettled]] until [[IWantMyJetpack people actually go there unregulated]].

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However, when UsefulNotes/{{NASA}}'s Mariner 4 ''Mariner 4'' probe flew past Mars in 1965, it was conclusively shown that the canals didn't actually exist. When the Viking probes landed ([[UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace the Soviets got there first]] with Mars 3, but the lander was taken out by a dust storm 14.5 seconds after landing), the planet was shown to be lifeless, and the concept of Martians quickly became discredited. More recent observations suggest that Mars may have supported life in the distant past, and some people still cling to hope that life may reside underground, no matter how unlikely it is. However, the red planet Red Planet has had such a hold on human imagination for so long that it is not going to be lost as a setting any time soon.

Mars regained its prominence in human imagination in 1976 when the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_1 Viking 1]] probe reached the planet; equipped with more advanced technology, it was able to take a number of impressively high resolution photographs. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cydonia_%28region_of_Mars%29 One of these showed]] [[ItKindOfLooksLikeAFace what appears to be a human face]]. Though quickly debunked by every legitimate authority, it has taken its place alongside the Nazca lines and the Pyramids of Giza in conspiracy lore -- especially as one of the photographs from the mission ''[[RevealingCoverup has yet to be declassified]]''. Fictional representations of Mars were changed as well; no longer a destination, but a stepping-stone to greater glories in the form of ancient ruins filled with LostTechnology, waiting for humanity to discover it and thereby leapfrog into the stars. One way or another, that [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment particular argument will remain unsettled]] until [[IWantMyJetpack people actually go there unregulated]].



Despite its many Earthlike qualities, Mars is nowhere near as big as the Earth. It's only half the Earth's diameter, and has only 38% of Earth's surface gravity. The reason for this is that when Jupiter migrated inward towards the Sun, it robbed Mars of material to form with; scientists believe that had Jupiter not drifted inward, Mars would have been the same size as Earth and Venus. The ''total'' surface area of Mars is about equal to the ''land'' surface area of the Earth (i.e. that small portion of the Earth's surface that isn't under water). Nevertheless, Mars has a canyon (Mariner Canyon) that's far, far larger than Earth's Grand Canyon, and a volcano (Olympus Mons[[note]]Not to be confused with the Olympus Mons from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Or OlympusMons[[/note]]) that's far, far larger than Earth's Mount Everest.[[note]]The reason is that there is ''no'' continental drift on Mars, so the same vent was used over and over by Mars, unlike Earth, where the vents will drift -- just ask the Yellowstone Caldera, or UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}.[[/note]] Unlike Everest or most other large mountains on Earth, Olympus Mons is not steep at all. On the contrary, it rises so gradually that in terms of land area it's roughly the size of France, and a person standing at the base of Olympus Mons would be unable to see its summit because it would actually be over the horizon. Olympus Mons and Mariner Canyon both lie on a region called the Tharsis Bulge, essentially a seven kilometer high (that's ''before'' adding the altitude of the volcanoes) bump on the planet's surface caused by a massive upward magma flow beneath that entire area. Olympus Mons is the largest of ''many'' volcanoes sitting on the bulge. When these volcanoes were being formed, the pressure caused by the upward magma flow caused a part of the crust to ''split open'', creating the Mariner Canyon. Depending on how the boundary of the Tharsis Bulge is defined, it covers up to twenty-five percent of Mars's surface area.

One unusual feature of Mars is that its northern and southern hemispheres are so dramatically different in geography. The northern hemisphere is largely smooth (and it is theorized that much of it was once covered in water), while the southern hemisphere has very rough, cratered ground that averages 13 kilometers higher in elevation. Given the sheer improbability that asteroids and meteors would only strike half of a planet, astronomers have been trying to figure out why this would be the case ever since detailed photographs of Mars first became available. In the last decade, study of the northern hemisphere has indicated that [[ColonyDrop a single massive impact]] by an object about 2/3rd the size of Earth's moon may have wiped away all smaller craters and other irregularities on the northern hemisphere. The signs of this enormous crater, bigger than the next four largest in the solar system combined and covering some 40% of Mars' surface, were obscured by over a billion years of volcanic eruptions along its rim. It has been argued that the difference in cratering is because Mars once had a shallow ocean covering most of its northern hemisphere. While there is no evidence to disprove this claim, there is also no conclusive evidence for it either.

The most damaging is that Mars has a core that's dead, with no tectonic activity at all, so there's no magnetic field to keep the solar wind from keeping the planet more or less sterile. Although science holds out hope that they will [[OnceGreenMars one day discover evidence that life once existed on Mars]], there's very little hope they will find life living there now.[[note]]This might seem like a problem for colonization, but isn't really; building largely underground -- as most serious proposals call for -- handles the radiation problem pretty handily. Many current proposals for colonization indicate that lava tubes -- basically big caves where ancient lava had flowed underground and then shrank as it cooled, leaving a big empty tunnel -- would be a good spot to settle.[[/note]] Worse than that, the Martian soil is now known to be extremely rich in hexavalent chromium (known for short as [=HexChrome=]), one of the most potent carcinogens known to man. Today, the moons [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfJupiter Europa]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn Enceladus]] are considered more likely to currently harbor life, both having verified subterranean liquid water and the protection of their respective home planets' magnetic fields. (Europa's surface ice is also a protective barrier from Jupiter's latent radiation.) While in 2015 it was finally verified that there is indeed liquid water on the surface of Mars, the lack of a magnetic field and toxic soil would still be severe obstacles to life.

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Despite its many Earthlike qualities, Mars is nowhere near as big as the Earth. It's only half the Earth's diameter, and has only 38% of Earth's surface gravity. The reason for this is that when Jupiter migrated inward towards the Sun, it robbed Mars of material to form with; scientists believe that had Jupiter not drifted inward, Mars would have been the same size as Earth and Venus. The ''total'' surface area of Mars is about equal to the ''land'' surface area of the Earth (i.e. that small portion of the Earth's surface that isn't under water). Nevertheless, Mars has a canyon (Mariner Canyon) system (Valles Marineris) that's far, far larger than Earth's Grand Canyon, and a volcano (Olympus Mons[[note]]Not to be confused with the Olympus Mons from Myth/ClassicalMythology. Or OlympusMons[[/note]]) that's far, far larger than Earth's Mount Everest.[[note]]The reason is that there is ''no'' continental drift on Mars, so the same vent was used over and over by Mars, unlike Earth, where the vents will drift -- just ask the Yellowstone Caldera, or UsefulNotes/{{Hawaii}}.[[/note]] Unlike Everest or most other large mountains on Earth, Olympus Mons is not steep at all. On the contrary, it rises so gradually that in terms of land area it's roughly the size of France, and a person standing at the base of Olympus Mons would be unable to see its summit because it would actually be over the horizon. Olympus Mons and Mariner Canyon both lie on a region called the Tharsis Bulge, essentially a seven kilometer seven-kilometer high (that's ''before'' adding the altitude of the volcanoes) bump on the planet's surface caused by a massive upward magma flow beneath that entire area. Olympus Mons is the largest of ''many'' volcanoes sitting on the bulge. When these volcanoes were being formed, the pressure caused by the upward magma flow caused a part of the crust to ''split open'', creating the Mariner Canyon. Valles Marineris. Depending on how the boundary of the Tharsis Bulge is defined, it covers up to twenty-five percent of Mars's surface area.

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One unusual feature of Mars is that its northern and southern hemispheres are so dramatically different in geography. The northern hemisphere is largely smooth (and it is theorized that much of it was once covered in water), while the southern hemisphere has very rough, cratered ground that averages 13 kilometers higher in elevation. Given the sheer improbability that asteroids and meteors would only strike half of a planet, astronomers have been trying to figure out why this would be the case ever since detailed photographs of Mars first became available. In the last decade, study of the northern hemisphere has indicated that [[ColonyDrop a single massive impact]] by an object about 2/3rd the size of Earth's moon Moon may have wiped away all smaller craters and other irregularities on the northern hemisphere. The signs of this enormous crater, bigger than the next four largest in the solar system combined and covering some 40% of Mars' surface, were obscured by over a billion years of volcanic eruptions along its rim. It has been argued that the difference in cratering is because Mars once had a shallow ocean covering most of its northern hemisphere. While there is no evidence to disprove this claim, there is also no conclusive evidence for it either.

The most damaging is that Mars has a core that's dead, with no tectonic activity at all, so there's no magnetic field to keep the solar wind from keeping the planet more or less sterile. Although science holds out hope that they will [[OnceGreenMars one day discover evidence that life once existed on Mars]], there's very little hope they will find life living there now.[[note]]This might seem like a problem for colonization, but isn't really; building largely underground -- as most serious proposals call for -- handles the radiation problem pretty handily. Many current proposals for colonization indicate that lava tubes -- basically big caves where ancient lava had flowed underground and then shrank as it cooled, leaving a big empty tunnel -- would be a good spot to settle.[[/note]] Worse than that, the Martian soil is now known to be extremely rich in hexavalent chromium (known for short as [=HexChrome=]), one of the most potent carcinogens known to man. Today, the moons [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfJupiter Europa]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfSaturn Enceladus]] are considered more likely to currently harbor life, both having verified subterranean liquid water and the protection of their respective home planets' magnetic fields. (Europa's surface ice is also a protective barrier from Jupiter's latent radiation.) While in 2015 it was finally verified that there is indeed liquid water on the surface of Mars, the lack of a magnetic field and toxic soil would still be severe obstacles to life.



!!! Moons

Mars has two moons, called Phobos and Deimos. Named after two figures from Greek mythology[[note]] sons of Ares (the Greek counterpart of Mars) and Aphrodite (Venus).[[/note]], they are both extremely small; Phobos, the larger of the two, is only ten miles across, and Deimos is half that. Their surface gravity, such as it is, can be measured in micro-''g''. They're really not much more than irregular rocks, asteroids that were captured by Mars' gravity.[[note]]Possibly. Their orbits are rather unusual for captured asteroids, since they each have a near-circular rather than elliptical path and each orbits at relatively low altitude. As such they might be products of a debris field from the hypothesized giant impact on Mars' north hemisphere.[[/note]] Irregular rocks [[BilingualBonus named]] ''[[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Fear]]'' and ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Panic]]''.

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Mars has two moons, called Phobos and Deimos. Named after two figures from Greek mythology[[note]] sons of Ares (the Greek counterpart of Mars) and Aphrodite (Venus).[[/note]], (Venus)[[/note]], they are both extremely small; Phobos, the larger of the two, is only ten miles across, and Deimos is half that. Their surface gravity, such as it is, can be measured in micro-''g''. They're really not much more than irregular rocks, asteroids that were captured by Mars' gravity.[[note]]Possibly. Their orbits are rather unusual for captured asteroids, since they each have a near-circular rather than elliptical path and each orbits at relatively low altitude. As such they might be products of a debris field from the hypothesized giant impact on Mars' north hemisphere.[[/note]] Irregular rocks [[BilingualBonus named]] ''[[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Fear]]'' and ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Panic]]''.



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* The God of War, Franchise/WonderWoman enemy, used to have his base here, generally because the two shared a name. The idea was lost after ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', where he got renamed Ares, his Greek counterpart.

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* The God of War, Franchise/WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman's enemy, used to have his base here, generally because the two shared a name. The idea was lost after ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths'', where he got renamed Ares, his Greek counterpart.



* The Ice Warriors in ''Series/DoctorWho'' were originally from Mars, even after Martian life was discredited (they were originally from the distant past preserved as [[HumanPopsicle Alien Popsicles]], and later from colonies in outer solar systems).

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* Disney's ''Mars and Beyond''.



* Disney's ''Mars and Beyond.''



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* There was an ABC miniseries of ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' that aired in 1980. It starred, among others, Rock Hudson, Darren Mc Gavin, Bernadette Peters, and Roddy [=McDowall=]. Richard Matheson wrote the script, which was significantly different from Ray Bradbury's novel.

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* There In ''Series/DefyingGravity'', Maddux Donner is haunted by his previous mission to Mars, when a storm forced him to abandon two crew members (including his LoveInterest) in order to allow the other three to survive. The current mission involves a journey across the Solar System with landings on several planets, including Mars. Unfortunately, the show was an ABC miniseries of ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' cancelled before they made it to Mars, but WordOfGod is that aired in 1980. It starred, among others, Rock Hudson, Darren Mc Gavin, Bernadette Peters, they would have found the two crew members alive and Roddy [=McDowall=]. Richard Matheson wrote the script, which was significantly different from Ray Bradbury's novel.well.



** Post-Mariner/pre-Viking, the Fourth Doctor visits the Red Planet in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "Pyramids of Mars"]] the title pyramid is a receiver set up by AncientAstronauts to keep the story's BigBad from escaping the pyramid he's imprisoned in on Earth.



** Post-Mariner/pre-Viking, the Fourth Doctor visits the Red Planet in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "Pyramids of Mars"]] -- the title pyramid is a receiver set up by AncientAstronauts to keep the story's BigBad from escaping the pyramid he's imprisoned in on Earth.
* In ''Series/DefyingGravity'', Maddux Donner is haunted by his previous mission to Mars, when a storm forced him to abandon two crew members (including his LoveInterest) in order to allow the other three to survive. The current mission involves a journey across the Solar System with landings on several planets, including Mars. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled before they made it to Mars, but WordOfGod is that they would have found the two crew members alive and well.

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** Post-Mariner/pre-Viking, * There was an ABC miniseries of ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' that aired in 1980. It starred, among others, Rock Hudson, Darren Mc Gavin, Bernadette Peters, and Roddy [=McDowall=]. Richard Matheson wrote the Fourth Doctor visits the Red Planet in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E3PyramidsOfMars "Pyramids of Mars"]] -- the title pyramid is a receiver set up by AncientAstronauts to keep the story's BigBad script, which was significantly different from escaping the pyramid he's imprisoned in on Earth.
* In ''Series/DefyingGravity'', Maddux Donner is haunted by his previous mission to Mars, when a storm forced him to abandon two crew members (including his LoveInterest) in order to allow the other three to survive. The current mission involves a journey across the Solar System with landings on several planets, including Mars. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled before they made it to Mars, but WordOfGod is that they would have found the two crew members alive and well.
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', Mars[[note]]or "Sol IV" in case the Sol system isn't your home system[[/note]] is the only planet in the game to always spawn as a guaranteed terraforming candidate, and a decently sized one, to boot. This provides a quite noticeable advantage to any empire that hails from Sol (usually humans, natch), and naturally makes the Sol system the most popular of the unique starting systems even for non-human species.


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* In Episode 20 of ''WebVideo/WorldsGreatestAdventures'', we meet Warlord Cassius, Ruler of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tharsis_quadrangle Tharsis Quadrangle]], a LawfulEvil alien warlord intent on dueling Rufus for the right to invade the Earth (as he mistakenly believes that Rufus is the Earth's greatest champion, and thus, besting him will make him the planet's ruler).


* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Mars is the homeworld of the Adeptus Mechanicus and the prison of the Void Dragon, at least during the Horus Heresy and prior.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', Mars is the homeworld of the Adeptus Mechanicus and the prison of the Void Dragon, at least during the Horus Heresy and prior. The planet is surrounded by a massive orbital ring filled with shipyards, which produces the bulk of the Imperium's ships.

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* In the universe of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', Mars has been colonized and terraformed for centuries. Presently, it's the headquarters of the Orbital Drop Shock-Troopers, and orbiting it are the UNSC's main shipyards.


* ''RedFaction'' is another video game about a Martian colonial revolution.
* ''Destiny'' has a version of Mars in it that has been terraformed by the Traveler, a benevolent Eldritch Abomination. According to the game's lore, this was where the Traveler was discovered after it terraformed Venus and Mercury. The planet keeps its red soil, but there are plants and trees growing in it, along with several cities and alien outposts.

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* ''RedFaction'' ''VideoGame/RedFaction'' is another video game about a Martian colonial revolution.
* ''Destiny'' ''{{VideoGame/Destiny}}'' has a version of Mars in it that has been terraformed by the Traveler, a benevolent Eldritch Abomination. According to the game's lore, this was where the Traveler was discovered after it terraformed Venus and Mercury. The planet keeps its red soil, but there are plants and trees growing in it, along with several cities and alien outposts.


Ah, '''Mars'''. Its vivid red soil has entranced the imaginations of humans since it was first identified.

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Ah, '''Mars'''.Mars. Its vivid red soil has entranced the imaginations of humans since it was first identified.

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