Why go to Mars? Claudia Hammond examines the space-farer's drive to occupy the red planet.
BBC Radio 4
Professor Monica Grady searches for signs of life on Mars.
Francis Spufford follows the impact of HG Wells's all-conquering Martian tripods.
Francine Stock and Adam Rutherford explore the potential for life across the universe.
Series that explores the Mars of imagination, science and history.
The hunt for Martians on the Red Planet continues – but has life already been taken there?
BBC World Service
New mission searching for signs of life on Mars about to arrive at the Red Planet
Mark Coles profiles the billionaire business magnate and inventor Elon Musk.
Nasa is planning a manned mission to Mars. But the challenges are enormous
On Christmas Day 2003, a British space craft was due to land on Mars to look for life
As the pressures on earth intensify, will growing food in space become our only option?
3/6 Brian Cox and Robin Ince talk space exploration and space tourism with actor Brian Blessed
The alien mountains, canyons and craters, inspiring scientists and writers to explore Mars
Jim Al-Khalili and Prof Monica Grady weigh up the evidence for life on Mars.
Melvyn Bragg discusses the planet Mars, a source of endless fascination in human history