A Lowellian view of Mars.

Above is a population striving to keep their planet alive through an irrigation system, running water from the poles of the planet to the populated centres. This view of Mars was believed by some as recent as the late 1950's! Science fiction stories such as Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom were inspired by this view of Mars. War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells struck fear into the hearts of Americans who thought the story, when broadcasted over the radio, was an actual news broadcast. Science fiction is the inspiration of the human imagination. Through this extent of the imagination, we push the limits of science further and further. Once, the idea of man on the moon was science fiction. But this dream inspired technology to advance in the direction of aerospace, and now the dream is a reality. In the same way, the dream of civilizations on Mars may turn into a reality when our technology advances enough to get us there.