Remembering The Time When We Moved To Mars

With the ExoMars mission inching closer to accomplishment, applause for the ESA has been coming from the strangest of places. Applause came in the form of tweets from Coldplay, 90s band Ash and Debbie Harry, popularly known as Blondie. These musicians are known for many popular hits but some of them have featured Mars in them.

Alt-rock band, Ash, was the first to wish the ESA good luck on its endeavor. The Nothern Irish band was formed in 1992 and has had hits like Burn Baby Burn (2001)Girl From Mars (1997)  and Shining Light(2001). Girl From Mars is a story of a love-sick boy who reminisces about his time with an (apparently) extraterrestrial  girl.

Coldplay followed suit by wishing the ESA as well, tweeting a cover of their single Moving To Mars which was part of the Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall EP.


American singer, Debbie Harry tweeted a hearty welcome to the ESA, referencing a line from her song Rapture (1981) about a Man From Mars.

The ExoMars mission’s Schiaparelli Lander is set to land on the surface today. We’ll be staying up late, playing cards, smoking Henri Winterman cigars.