Curiosity has arrived safely on Mars. I still feel like jumping up and down. I have always been in love with the Red Planet, ever since sneaking Edgar Rice Burroughs Mars books into class in middle school.
I know there are no civilizations on Mars, lost or extant. I believe, all the same, that there was life there. It is even possible that life may still be there. After all, Mars is the most Earth-like of the planets, our sister planet. There was water on Mars. If there is life on Mars, presumably in microbial form, I hope nothing from Earth contaminates it.
Curiosity is well named. Humans, members of our genus, have been pushing the boundaries of exploration for hundreds of thousands of years. Despite its drawbacks, the curiosity of the human race has served us well. May Curiosity serve us well on the Red Planet. And I can't wait for all the pictures!