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Mars, the Red Planet



Mars, the Red Planet
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 1 to 2
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   1.86

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    size, canyons, lumpy, nights, opposite, rocks, above, color, deep, desert, dust, each, east, half, iron, learn
     content words:    United States, But Mars


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Mars, the Red Planet
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     Comparing Mars's size to Earth's size (as if they were placed side by side) Image credit: NASA
 
2     Mars is called the red planet. Its rocks and soil look red. The color comes from the iron in them. The sky on Mars would look pink from the red dust.
 
3     Mars is a cold desert. Rain never falls. The warmest days never get above freezing. Nights get much colder.

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