From the left: Venus, Earth, Mars. A comparison of their sizes (image NASA)

Accoring to a research made by an international team of scientists Mars small size might be the result of Jupiter moving towards the Sun while it was forming, which might have absorbed part of the matter present in the orbit of what then coalesced into the red planet.

Marsbound by Joe Haldeman (Italian edition)

The novel “Marsbound” by Joe Haldeman was published for the first time in 2008. Carmen Dula is an eighteen year old girl who emigrates to Mars with her parents and her younger brother facing a long and uncomfortable journey to arrive on the red planet.

Na Li at the 2010 Stuttgart Porsche Cup

Chinese player Na Li won tennis Roland Garros French Open tournament 2011 defeating last year’s champion Francesca Schiavone in the women final. She’s the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Podkayne of Mars by Robert A. Heinlein (Italian edition)

The novel “Podkayne of Mars” by Robert A. Heinlein was published for the first time between November 1962 and March 1963 in the magazine “Worlds of If” (also known simply as “If”) and as a book in 1963.