At Vodacom we love all things red and are thrilled to be celebrating Red Planet Day with similarly red-obsessed people. Red Planet day is the unofficial commemoration of the launch of the Mariner 4 satellite on 28 November 1964, a robotic interplanetary probe which was to become the first spacecraft to fly past Mars. To celebrate this event we have compiled a list of books, movies and games to inspire you about our place in the solar system, and marvel at the very real possibility that humans will soon go to Mars.
War of the Worlds (HG Wells): Trust us, the book is better than the movie. It has been credited for inspiring the invention of technology that saw the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, and it’s one of the earliest stories about humans interacting with an extraterrestrial species.
The Martian (Andy Weir): A manned mission to Mars goes horribly wrong, and one man is left behind. He survives despite a bad potato crop. Read the book, then watch the movie – both are brilliant.
The Martian Chronicles (Ray Bradbury): A collection of short s...