Cultural History of Mars

Earthlings were fascinated by Mars long before sending rovers and landers to beam back three-dimensional color pictures of its surface. Does it have canals? Did little green men ever inhabit the planet? Will humans ever walk or live on Mars? NPR's Neal Conan and guests discuss the history and mystery of Earth's neighbor, from Galileo to War of the Worlds and beyond.

Guests:

Dr. William (Bill) Sheehan
*Co-author of Mars: The Lure of the Red Planet

David Catling
*Professor of astrobiology at University of Washington
*Formerly worked at the NASA Ames Research Center

Mark Rahner
*Pop culture writer for The Seattle Times

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