On May 25, 2008, Visions of Mars landed on Mars on board the spacecraft Phoenix, in a mini-dvd provided by The Planetary Society. Personal greetings by space visionaries of our time to Mars settlers of the future , are accompanied by 80 stories and articles by leading writers and scientists. A collection of Mars artwork, and classic radio shows narrated by Patrick Stewart, complete this unique tapestry of our knowledge and our dreams of Mars in the 20th century.
Image of Mars, 1954
Alex Schomburg's cover for Donald A. Wolheim's "Secret of the Martian Moons" (1954) combined the most accurate telescopic observations of the time with Percival Lowell's canals.
Below is a complete list of texts included in Visions of Mars, this unprecedented message to the future. The authors are extraordinarily diverse, include renown science fiction writers such as Arthur Clarke and Ray Bradbury, Enlightenment wits such as Jonathan Swift and Voltaire, modern philosophers such as Bertrand Russell and Umberto Eco, and many many others. They, along with the participating artists, represent 22 different nationalities and cultures including the United States, Canada, the U.K., Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Syria, Israel, Finland, Korea, China, Thailand, India, Armenia, Greece, Netherlands, Argentina, Switzerland, Italy, Babylonian culture, and Innuit culture.
Along with this priceless collection of the words and writings, the Phoenix DVD also carries the names of all Planetary Society members, as well as others who signed up on the Society website.