Mankind may not yet have set foot on the red planet, but there have been regular missions to mars over the years.
It is a world full of surprises. The first images of ancient river channels sent back by Mariner 9 set the world ablaze, and since then the search for water and for evidence that there may once have been life on that barren world continues.
At the moment the Curiosity rover is up there, sending back data, revealing more secrets and raising even more questions with every day that passes.
I was lucky enough to see it in Florida, a few days before the launch.
Who knows – maybe one of my readers will become the first man, or woman, to set foot on Mars.