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MARS! from Joe Bichard and Jack Cunningham on Vimeo.

Stephen Hawking set the blogosphere talking recently with his advice that instead of seeking contact, us Earthlings should do our best to avoid attracting extraterrestrials because he theorizes in a new documentary, “if aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.” In this light, Joe Bichard and Jack Cunningham created a short animated film, MARS! that depicts what might happen if humans ever visit Mars. Spoiler alert: Answer is not good things to Martians. I also “dig” (you’ll get my pun after you watch the video) the retro animation style.

Also, check out this stunning photograph of the first picture snapped of Earth from another planet. The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took the photo from Mars on March 8, 2004 on its 63rd Martian day. And here’s a photo of Earth and the moon taken from Mars.