Since I was a kid I have always been fascinated with space and what is beyond our solar system. Planets such as Jupiter were mysterious as to what was beyond the thick atmosphere of gas that swirled around the giant red storm. Mercury, the hot, molten rock constantly bombarded with radiation from the Sun seemed terrifying; yet somewhat unreal. However one planet has always been in the human eye, Mars. This red world so close yet so far away has always caught the imagination of scientists and authors alike.