Mars is on the mind as Curiosity, the latest NASA rover, is scheduled to land on the red planet Sunday night. But the fourth rock from the sun has been part of our Earthly lives for decades. Here are five places where Mars pops up in pop culture.
1. "My Favorite Martian" -- My, those were wily antennae "Uncle Martin" had on the 1960s TV series starring Ray Walston as the stranded Martian anthropologist. And he wasn't even little and green!
2. Marvin the Martian -- Poor Marvin. Here he was simply trying to destroy the Earth with his Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator and that pesky bugs Bunny kept getting in his way and making him "veerrrrry angry."
3. "Mars Attacks!" -- This was a 1996 comedy/thriller with Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jack Black and Pierce Brosnan, to name a few. And a movie can't go wrong with Tim Burton directing a plot based on a set of cult trading cards.
4. "Mission to Mars" -- Gary Sinise led the cast of this 2000 movie. It was a serious flick, but did you know it was based on the old ride of the same name in Disney's Tomorrowland? Does anybody but me remember that ride? It was pretty lame. You'd go in a big room/spaceship and the seats would vibrate, fill with compressed air, and then suck the air back out to simulate G forces from going into hyperspace. The Molecule ride was way better.
5. "John Carter" -- The Civil War vet was transported to Mars in a big-money Hollywood re-imagining of Edgar Rice