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Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day


Mars moons Phobos and Deimos

This sequence of images from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows one of Mars' two moons, Phobos, passing directly in front of the other, Deimos, in 2013.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M University

As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics—Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars is red, but it's possible that one of our closest neighbors also had rings at one point and may have them again someday.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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