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The Red Planet

Last week NASA announced one of the most important scientific discoveries of our lifetime, that organic matter exists on Mars. This profound discovery confirms that our planet might not be the only one to have been able to support life. In honor of this discovery Thinking Color decided to take a look at the colors of the red planet.

When you think of Mars the first color that always comes to mind is red. The red of the red planet is caused by the high amounts of iron oxide contained in the dust of Mars. Iron oxide is used on earth as red pigment and is the basis of many colors we make at Dorn Color.

Interestingly the sunsets and sunrises on Mars are the exact opposite of those on Earth. As the sun rises and sets on Mars the atmosphere turns brilliant shades of blue before turning to the hazy butterscotch of a martian day.

Even though Mars is mostly red, tan, and black the poles of the planet, like our own, are covered in ice. This ice is different from that found on Earth since it is not just composed of frozen water but also frozen carbon dioxide. The frozen carbon dioxide causes the ice to be a brilliant blue underneath the white exterior.

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