by Millie (Trinity Anglican School, White Rock)
Next-door is a planet called Mars
with the highest mountain of all.
It has caverns and craters and more
with a volcano, silent and tall.
A year there is longer than ours.
A day lasts for just a bit more.
Add thirty-odd minutes to twenty-four hours
to balance our day-time scores.
Mars has two moons: Phobos and Demios
named after two Greek mythical men.
Mars is named after a Roman god
and looks like it's coloured in red pen.
Mars has two polar ice caps
so water on Mars has not gone.
And now we believe that life was there.
But living here wouldn't be fun.
Mars has the largest deep canyon.
You can see it from far out in space.
Although Mars is Earth's planet-neighbour
it can still be a very cold place.