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Growing Green on the Red Planet

Mars mass is 6.4169 x 1023 kg. That is slightly more than 10% of the Earth's mass. Mars is a tiny world in every way when compared to Earth. In our Solar System, Mars is the second smallest planet by mass.

In The Martian, a science fiction book by Andy Weir and a Hollywood movie blockbuster, Mark Watney is stranded on Mars after his fellow NASA astronauts think he died and left the Red Planet without him. Watney is left with space suits and a controlled-environment habitation module (or Hab), but he does not have enough food and water to survive until NASA sends a rescue mission.