A quick guide to the planet Mars, which is the nearest and most similar planet to Earth. Its name came from the Greek God of war, because it is the colour of blood. Its surface is covered in volcanos and ice caps.

This clip is from:
See You See Me, Space Quest
First broadcast:
16 October 2000

The clip is a useful way of stimulating discussion with the children about planets in our Solar System. Ask the children to share their knowledge about any planets they know facts about. How is their planet different to Earth? (Colour, size, location). Watch the clip and discuss Mars' unique features. Contrast with Earth and other planets, making a simple fact file on Mars.