|Star System:||Sol System|
|Galaxy:||Orion Arm, Milky Way Galaxy|
|Condition:||Uninhabitable Without Special Equipment|
|Interest:||Former Intended Colony site by Earth|
Mars, or "The Red Planet" is the 4th planet from Sol, in the Orion arm of the Milky Way Galaxy. Named for the Roman god of war by the inhabitants of Earth for it's characteristic red color, it was long considered the next logical step for the exploration of the Milky Way Galaxy after Luna.
Mars was largely unexplored prior to the War of Secession, with much of the exploration conducted by robots operated by the United States of America. During the war, only a couple of small outposts were established, primarily as refueling and layover points. Following the end of the war, the Ranger Exploration Corps (REC) surveyed the planet, but due to its distance from the Arc System and proximity to enemy-held Earth, no long-term camps were established, and no plans were made to colonize the planet.
With the end of the war and the redeployment of forces, in 2037 CE, the last members of the REC were withdrawn from the planet.
- Diameter: 6794.4 km
- Ice at North Pole
History of Exploration
|Date||Country of Origin||Notes|
|October, 1960||Soviet Union||First attempted launch in direction of Mars from Earth.|
|July 14th, 1965||United States of America||First successful fly-by of Mars.|
|November 27th, 1971||Soviet Union||Lander portion of automated mission crash-lands on Mars, becoming first man-made object to touch Martian soil.|
|July 20th, 1975||United States of America||First successful deliberate landing of an automated probe on Mars.|
|November 3rd, 2027||The Initiative||Several outposts are established as refueling points on the surface of Mars.|
|May 27th, 2037||The Initiative||Last personnel withdrawn from the surface. All encampments mothballed and abandoned.|
Primary Source of Info: NASA