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Mars bars: Why it’s time to write a national anthem for the Red Planet


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Mars bars: Why it’s time to write a national anthem for the Red Planet

Feedback is our weekly column of bizarre stories, implausible advertising claims, confusing instructions and more 15 January 2020 Mars bars Plans to establish human habitation on Mars have gained momentum in recent years, thanks to the likes of Elon Musk. But what might inspire an unenthusiastic public to move to an airless desert hundreds of…

Mars bars: Why it’s time to write a national anthem for the Red Planet

Feedback is our weekly column of bizarre stories, implausible advertising claims, confusing instructions and more


15 January 2020

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Plans to establish human habitation on Mars have gained momentum in recent years, thanks to the likes of Elon Musk. But what might inspire an unenthusiastic public to move to an airless desert hundreds of millions of kilometres away? Perhaps some stirring music.

That seems to be the hope of the Mars Society, a “space advocacy organization dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars”, which commissioned opera singer Oscar Castellino to write an anthem for the world next door. “What successful movement has ever not had an anthem?” asked Robert Zubrin, the society’s …

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