The latest Mars mission has really gotten a lot of attention. Did they hire a new PR agency? It seems to have reached more people that don’t normally follow any space related news.
It makes me smile seeing people excitedly write things like “This is so amazing that we’ve finally made it to Mars.” or “Look at this picture that was just taken of a Martian sunset!” and it links to a photo from 2005.
I think the extra attention is good for the long term funding for such projects. I look forward to watching humans walk on the Moon again and someday Mars as well.