Join NASA in the journey to Mars: The space agency commissioned these retro-style posters in 2009. Download them yourself.

>Are you ready for your mission? It’s time to #makemarshome. November 28 is Red Planet Day and we’re going all in with a Space collection to make any astronaut proud.

National Geographic is joining the celebration for Red Planet Day on November 28 with a groundbreaking new TV series and companion book. MARS, a six-part series airing Mondays, combines fact and fiction for a unique experience that continues online at makemarshome.com. The show follows a fictitious crewed mission to Mars in 2033, the scripted action interspersed with interviews with real experts. (Go inside the show with Wired magazine.)

Do your own exploration of the red planet with a mission’s worth of books, maps, and DVDs, plus special items like telescopes, globes, and explorer kits.

A Companion Book

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Bring the red planet into your living room with the MARS companion book, a fascinating and beautiful book for any armchair astronaut.” Combining science and storytelling to create a richer understanding of the challenges facing a Mars mission, the book also features gorgeous photos of the Martian landscape—and the exquisitely replicated MARS sets

Mars for Kids

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Feed your children’s curiosity about the fourth planet from the sun with Mars: The Red Planet, a highly visual book that looks at everything Martian from extreme weather to high-tech rovers and more.

Build Your Own Mars Rover

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Think you’d like to join a mission to the red planet? Prepare by building your own Mars rover with Remote Control Machines: Space Explorers Kit. This 237-piece engineering kit has everything you’ll need to create a rover, as well as nine other space-themed machines, including a Mars station and a space shuttle.  Looking for more science-themed toys for kids? Check out this and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) collection for more engineering kits, plus robots, games, and more.

Did You Know?

  • The average temperature on Mars is -81 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos.
  • In the 1880s people thought Mars had canals built by aliens.
  • If you weigh 100 pounds on Earth, you’d weigh 38 pounds on Mars.
  • One year on Mars lasts 687 Earth days.