Allure of the Red Planet beckons local enthusiasts San Diego City Beat

Since humans first looked to the stars for an answer to the great cosmic riddle, various celestial bodies have inspired a wide range of interpretations. In the past 100 years or so, the planet Mars has made a particularly strong mark on popular culture and holds a special attraction for many in the era of manned space exploration. In 2001, filmmaker Gerry Williams helped found the San Diego chapter of The Mars Society. Its goal: “to send humans to Mars to explore, colonize and create a second home for human civilization.”