flowing water on Mars and release of the film "The Martian" was not lost on NPR Morning Edition host Renee Montagne or film critic Kenneth Turan. Our botanist friends will surely appreciate the clip of Matt Damon, left stranded on Mars with the challenge of growing enough food for himself for three years on a planet that does not support plant growth: "Mars will come to fear my botany powers." Love it! Listen to Kenneth Turan's review. Cory Powell offers "10 Quick Thoughts about Water on Mars" on his blog hosted by Discover Magazine.
There is an abundance of literature on Mars readily available in the science library and accessible from OBIS. Here are two excellent overviews for the non-specialist:
A Traveler's Guide to Mars / William K. Hartmann
Mars : an introduction to its interior, surface and atmosphere / Nadine Barlow
And, check out this highly entertaining reflection from Dr. Chris Martine: "Why I'm Naming a New Plant Species After The Martian," on the Huffington Post Blog [tip of the hat to Mike Moore for this lead!].