While growing up in the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, I would often look up at a small white dot visible in the night sky amidst thousands of other white dots. It was the planet Mars, named after the Roman God of war.
Known as the red planet, Mars is the second smallest planet in our solar system; it is the fourth planet from the sun, a distance of 141 million miles. Questions have always abounded about life on Mars: had it once existed? Could man now inhabit Mars?
In a remarkable human feat by NASA, the Curiosity Rover has beamed back high definition pictures from the surface of the red planet.
While the surface of the planet, seen from inside a crater, looks bleak and forlorn, it is nonetheless breathtaking!
But could man someday inhabit the planet? You be the judge: Mars Panorama