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Mars has been in the headlines quite a lot lately, what with several probes heading to the Red Planet (some more successful than others, ahem) and the Americans planning a manned mission in the next few years - so what better time to get your mitts on a piece of highly desirable Martian real estate? Stake your claim now and then sell for a massive mark-up when Starbucks approach you wanting to open a new store on your plot. Everyone is a winner!
Seriously, though - Mars is no place for the faint-hearted. Arid, rocky, cold and apparently lifeless, the Red Planet offers few hospitalities. Fans of extreme sports can rejoice, however, for the Red Planet will challenge even the hardiest souls among us. Home to the largest volcano in the solar system, the deepest canyon and crazy weather and temperature patterns, Mars is the ultimate lonely planet destination. Perfect, in fact, for the red-blooded man in your life (Women may prefer an Acre of Venus).
You may be wondering how it is possible to 'sell' land on Mars? What a cunning organisation known as MoonEstates have done is to look very carefully at the The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 and the Moon Treaty of 1984, propositions put forward by the United Nations. Implemented to stop governments from claiming celestial bodies and planets for themselves (had the people involved not seen a sci-fi movie?), it didn't say that other companies and groups couldn't do the very same. Cheeky, perhaps; opportunist, definitely.
Thus, it is now possible to claim an acre of Mars in your own name (or someone else's, as it makes a great gift). If anyone wants to build on your little plot, then they will require your permission. Anyone can explore without permission, but that's as far as it goes. So if one of the two Mars Rovers should happen to trundle over your plot of land, there is nothing you can do about it. We are sure you wouldn't mind anyway. Good Rover!
Science Fiction fans have been dreaming about the possibility of a manned trip to Mars for years, and some ambitious souls think we may one day even 'terraform' it and have permanent human colonies. President Bush thinks this is a very good idea and has earmarked trillions of dollars for just such a project. Beat the rush - order your Acre of Mars now! Who knows, in twenty years time we might all be enjoying mountain biking trips on the slopes of Olympus Mons!
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