Film and TV

A brief cinematic history of Mars

This Sunday, the most ambitious mission to Mars thus far will land on the red planet. The Curiosity Rover is on a two-year mission to look for signs of life, study its climate and geology and collect data that might help future manned missions. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is hosting a live landing party to observe the final descent to the surface and offer a chance to learn more about it. To get in the spirit for the event, we've combed through the cinematic history of Mars. It might not help you understand Curiosity's mission (try the Mars Science Laboratory for that), but it will sure help you see what the movies thought a trip to the planet might be like. (Spoiler alert: they got it way wrong.)

See also: - Event: Curiosity Landing Event - Weird Science: Skiing on Mars - Games: Lesbian Spider-Queens of Mars

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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