No little green men
I'm so old I remember being young when the prevailing meme in popular culture was that the moon was made of green cheese. We sang songs and watched cartoons about the man in the moon. Even today, if you know what to look for, you can see his face when the moon is full. Then we actually landed on the moon and no one talked about green cheese again.
The myth of little green men who lived on Mars persisted a little longer but technology overran the visions of mad science fiction writers and dragged us into a much drabber reality. Nonetheless, I'm thrilled and astounded that in my lifetime I went from seeing a monkey orbit the earth to seeing a real life photograph of a space rover landing on a planet in our solar system.
panoramic photos of Mars. Featured landing photo via TPM Mars gallery and more here.
The reality from the surface of the planet is so bleak but -- real life photos. Incredible.