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We have your satellite. If you want it back send 20 billion in Martian money. No funny business or you will never see it again. Graffiti reportedly written on wall at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab 1999 after loss of Mars Polar Lander
If the bleeding Martians landed, what would they think? Out I: It Must Be the Suit, starring Tom Bell, taxi driver to Frank, Thames TV 1978
This theory inspired the 1978 movie Capricorn One in which the government attempts to fool the world by faking a mission to Mars. The Apollo footage is strikingly similar to the scenes in Capricorn One. Conspiracy Theory: Moon Landing Hoax aka Did We Land on the Moon?
Mars could have harboured life sooner than Earth ... The last Martians may have jumped ship. Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole s1e6: How Did We Get Here? Science 2010
An unstoppable and deadly invasion: killing machines wielding deadly heat-rays and poison gas. The largest city in the world devastated within hours. This was the nightmare that H G Wells foretold more than a century ago. A story made even more terrifying by the fact that the marauders were creatures from Mars who fed on human blood. As fantastic as the story was, it struck a deep-rooted fear in everybody who read it. And much later caused legendary panic in the streets of America. UFO Files: Beyond the War of the Worlds, History 2005
This superior race rode in giant war machines. Armed with horrifying weapons that unleashed violent fury into the crowd. The Martian heat-ray rendered human-kind’s greatest weapons useless. As the Martians began advancing on London they revealed an even deadlier weapon that neutralised Britain’s army in an instant. ibid.
In 1910 even the scientific pioneer Thomas Edison speculated about what Martians might look like. ibid.
Of the 7 million listeners it’s estimated that 1.7 million believed the broadcast was real, and 1.2 million panicked. In Grover’s Mill New Jersey many residents grabbed their rifles, and a few fired at a local water tower thinking it was an alien death machine. ibid.
On 28th November 1964 the six-year-old National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA, launched Marina 4 on a fly-by mission to Mars. ibid.
A year later in 1969 NASA launched Marina 6 and 7: two hundred more photographs of Mars confirmed that the Red Planet was not a place where Martians might be planning our destruction after all. Hope of a Martian civilisation faded until 1976 when one amazing image from NASA stunned the world ... It has become known simply as the Face on Mars. A feature in the Cydonia region of the planet. It looks like the result of intentional engineering, and at the time it rekindled the passions of thousands of wishful thinkers. ibid.
The Viking lander performed three life-seeking remote-controlled experiments ... At first they thought they’d found life, but the results were a false-positive. ibid.
It would take 22 years but in 1998 the tiny Mars Pathfinder roamed the surface of the red planet. With the Pathfinder’s success behind them NASA sent up the first of two new Mars explorations rovers on 10th June 2003. Its twin launched just weeks later. Both undertook the lonely voyage to Mars. ibid.
A radio play that convinced America that Martians were invading. Days that Shook the World s3e3: Fact or Fiction: The War of the Worlds, BBC 2005
October 30th 1938 ... The United States of America is listening to the radio. It’s the day before Halloween. Ten million radio sets have been sold since last year. Radio is a phenomenon. ibid.
CBS Studio, New York 7:25 p.m. Yet to be a famous name, Wells is already turning heads in the theatrical world. He has been writing and directing since the age of ten. ibid.
Within two hours Orson Wells will be a household name. ibid.
He made a radical suggestion: the story should be presented as a series of news flashes ... For the next seven minutes listeners start turning their dials ... By now over a million people are panicking by their radios. ibid.
News of the panic spread around the world. ibid.
Mars: In the future robotic rovers will be replaced by manned missions but the first human explorers will just be blazing the trail for a permanent settlement … A relentless battle for survival. The Universe s3e7: Living in Space, History 2008
Mars: the runaway favourite for our colony of the future. ibid.
Unexplained sightings in space. Strange formations on the surface of Mars. And lunar missions rumoured to have secret agendas. Is NASA sharing all that it knows about the universe? Or is it protecting us from the truth? Ancient Aliens s4e5: The Nasa Connection, History 2012
Nuclear annihilation, mysterious pyramids, and evidence of life billions of years ago. Throughout human history the planet Mars has captured our imagination … might there be a more profound extraterrestrial connection? Ancient Aliens s7e5: Aliens and the Red Planet, History 2014
‘We are nothing else but the Martians. So we are bound to go there.’ Ancient Aliens s9e5: Destination Mars, Tsoukalos, History 2014
Could Life on Earth have originated from Mars … If so, what happened to the Martians? ibid.
Let’s do it. Let’s move to Mars. Total Recall 1990 starring Arnold Schwarzenegger & Rachel Ticotin & Sharon Stone & Michael Ironside & Marsha Bell & Ronny Cox & Michael Campion & Mel Johnson junior & Roy Brocksmith & Ray Baker & Rosemary Dunsmore et al, director Paul Verhoeven, him to her
Mars was colonised by people from Earth in 2103. Star Trek: Voyager s2e1: The 37’s, Harry to abductees
Extreme forces have laid Mars bare. What lies ahead for the first astronauts to set foot on Mars? Strip the Cosmos: Expedition to Mars s1e4, Science 2014
No-one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched, keenly and closely, by intelligences greater than man’s. Who regarded this Earth with envious eyes. Slowly and surely drawing their plans against us. H G Wells, The War of the Worlds
A thin rod rose up, a ghost-beam of light seemed to flicker out from it. It was as if each man was suddenly turned to fire. And by the light of the fire I saw them staggering and falling. ibid.
As I emerged from Baker Street I saw far away and over the trees the hood of a Martian giant. He appeared to be standing still, and scattered about it in a dozen of their machines stark and silent were the Martians dead. Slain by the diseased bacteria against which their systems were unprepared. ibid.
It could be a challenge; it could also be a disaster. Dr Chris McKay, NASA/Ames Research Project
On Mars we also rely on the environment. Colonising Mars is going to require using the oxygen from the Mars atmosphere. Dr Chris McKay
Here was a planet with all the elements needed for life: carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, sunlight, and yet there was no clear evidence of life. To me this was a mystery story. Dr Chris McKay
If we find life on Mars what we’re almost certainly going to find is microbes. Dr Chris McKay
If we could do the same things we’re doing on Earth, putting in the atmosphere greenhouse gases, which would cause the planet to warm – on Earth that would be pollution: on Mars it’s medicine. Dr Chris McKay
What would Mars look like after a hundred years of warming? It would be bluer than it is today. You’d see large patches of water. You start seeing little fringes of green around the margins of these blue areas. Dr Chris McKay