The second smallest planet in our solar system (and the fourth from the sun) has shed its skin and come alive in recent times. It has transformed its image from that of an uninhabitable, hostile planet into a much coveted travel destination, a celestial body that might support life, and even a place many now wish to call home. The recent surge of interest in Mars is not just empty hype. We know more about it now than ever before and our understanding of its composition, geology, geography, climate and culture is growing by the day. That, along with all the new, exciting plans for development and thrilling discoveries about the presence of liquid water, mean that there has never been a better, more exciting time to visit.