Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and has always fascinated humankind by its beauty.
Some day people will travel to Mars. It will be a long trip, but fun. This will be a big step for mankind. We would be able to find out if there was life on this planet. It probably will look like a red desert.
– J. Stephen Hartsfield, Seventh Grader, 1984
“We are all … children of this universe. Not just Earth, or Mars, or this system, but the whole grand fireworks. And if we are interested in Mars at all, it is only because we wonder over our past and worry terribly about our possible future.”
— Ray Bradbury, Mars and the Mind of Man, 1973.
“The first human beings to land on Mars should not come back to Earth. They should be the beginning of a build-up of a colony/settlement, I call it a ‘permanence’.”
— Buzz Aldrin, Reddit interview, 8 July 2014.
“It might be helpful to realize, that very probably the parents of the first native born Martians are alive today.”
— Harrison ‘Jack’ Schmitt, Apollo 17 moonwaker.
“I would not see our candle blown out in the wind. It is a small thing, this dear gift of life handed us mysteriously out of immensity. I would not have that gift expire… If I seem to be beating a dead horse again and again, I must protest: No! I am beating, again and again, living man to keep him awake and move his limbs and jump his mind… What’s the use of looking at Mars through a telescope, sitting on panels, writing books, if it isn’t to guarantee, not just the survival of mankind, but mankind surviving forever!”
– Ray Bradbury, Mars and the Mind of Man, 1971
“Mars is there, waiting to be reached.”
– Buzz Aldrin, American Pilot and Astronaut
Psychology Today Magazine (US), “Buzz Aldrin: Down to Earth.“
“President Bush announced that we were landing on Mars today … which means he’s given up on Earth.”
– Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
“Mars tugs at the human imagination like no other planet. With a force mightier than gravity, it attracts the eye to the shimmering red presence in the clear night sky.”
– John Noble Wilford, Mars Beckons
“I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime.”
– Buzz Aldrin, American Astronaut
“Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.”
– John Gray, American Author
“Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus” (1992)
“I’m surprised to see people get so wildly excited about a possible bacterium on Mars when our own planet is crawling with undiscovered species.”
– George Schaller, Awake! Magazine, 1998