In celebration of the MAVEN (that’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) probe launch last month, NASA released this video showcasing a computer-generated flyover of what Mars may have looked like four billion years ago, when the planet is believed to have contained liquid water (and, possibly, life).
How would you like to send your name and a haiku straight to the Red Planet? Who’s it for? Who’s gonna read it when it gets there? These are questions I can’t answer, but NASA is giving everyone this unique opportunity when they launch their Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (or MAVEN) spacecraft this November.