Memo: Red Planet was just a movie

Memo: Red Planet was just a movie

From the “how dumb are newspaper journalists” file, we have this editorial from the London Daily Telegraph:

The pictures splashed across the world’s front pages last week were indistinguishable from those sent back by Nasa’s Viking Landers more than a quarter of a century ago. Not even the plan to put a man on Mars was new: Nasa pulled that one off back in 1997.

Excuse me, but did I miss something? We put a man on Mars? What was his name and how did I miss his homecoming parade?

You know how many people’s eyes this sort of thing has to pass in front of? I guess British schools are no better than American ones if this is how well people know their history.