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22 Feb 2018

The Trust goes out of this world!

Nasa’s Mars Curiosity Rover recently visited St Kilda
Nasa’s Mars Curiosity Rover recently visited St Kilda
NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover recently visited St Kilda in the Torridon quadrangle. Professor Linda Kah, of the University of Tennessee, named the Martian features in honour of Scottish family connections to these two Trust places. We felt very strongly that our members shouldn’t be losing out on reciprocal visiting rights:

FAO: Mr Al Condes
NASA Headquarters
300 E. Street SW, Suite 5R30
Washington, DC 20546


Dear Mr Condes,


It was with interstellar interest that we read about the connections between the remote Scottish island archipelago of St Kilda and the Torridon mountain range and NASA’s latest mission to Mars.

This may be our first contact, and while you may be guardians of the galaxy, we, as the independent Scottish charity responsible for caring for our nation’s heritage, play an integral role in managing and maintaining St Kilda on Earth, which has been uninhabited since 1930, as well as Torridon in Ross-shire (which is also on Earth).

You’ll be glad to know our hundreds of thousands of our members have the right of free entry to all our properties, regardless of how long a star trek it may be from land; or Earth, for that matter.

We therefore write to you with a question of significant gravity: will our members also have right of free entry, with parking, to St Kilda and Torridon on Mars? It would seem unfair to make it a forbidden planet to them.

We await your response in dune course.

For the benefit of all (our members),

Susan Bain


Western Isles Area Manager

The National Trust for Scotland


PS Apollo-gies for the terrible space puns. 

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