The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another Planet

A review of Sarah Stewart Johnson’s lyrical reflection on the hopes and fears generations of observers have projected onto the red planet

Valles Marineris, the 4,000-kilometre canyon ripping through the Martian equator

The home of the west wind

Detail from Giovanni Schiaparelli’s Mars map

The ‘wave of darkening’

A world of storms, fossilised

Detail of meteorite ALH84001

The primal planet

Martian sunset recorded by NASA’s Curiosity Rover

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