It is hard to describe the view of Mount Ruapehu in summer. Located in the Tongariro National Park, this is an alien landscape. When we arrived there, we were the only people around. Standing among the inactive char lifts (closed due to major storm at the top of the mountain) surrounded by almost lifeless rocks you get an uneasy feeling of the grandeur of the mountain.
Recently I watched The Last Days on Mars. Quite an interesting movie from the perspective that Mars seem to be the current target of planetary exploration. The movie is based on a concept that astronauts get infected by a Marian bacteria, turning them into zombies. While the zombie part is somewhat unnecessary a cheapens the movie, the concept itself is plausible.