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Let's go to Mars

If Carl Sagan were alive today, I believe he would be sorely disappointed with the progress we've made in manned space-exploration. In his time, he stressed the importance of further exploring the cosmos through human interaction. Sure we've sent probes and satellites to the planets of our solar system, and they've given us an abundance of data and information on these worlds over the last half-century, but I believe it's time to step it up a notch and blast off to Mars. Those who were around at the time understood the amazing amount of pride and unity felt across the United States when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, and I think it's time for a second fix. The world, not just us, could use a victory right now. and a trip to Mars would duly compensate.

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  • Apr 10 2011: I'm happy to see a variety of opinions on this matter. In my original comment, I side-stepped economic factors that would play into such a large-scale endeavor as inter-planetary travel. While our current affairs across the globe do not by any means CALL for a manned trip to Mars, I see it fit that we don't abandon the idea altogether.

    In the time of Apollo, well, it really was a race to the Moon between the United States and Russia, whereas today, international cooperation on extra-terrestrial projects is common. In conjunction with JAXA and the European Space Agency, it isn't necessarily illogical to pursue Mars. Again, as recent economic troubles show, we are in a situation that does not at all mandate a man on Mars, but then again, the Apollo years were tumultuous in their own fashion. Perhaps we can, in a sense, barrel through the pressing events of today to collaborate on a project that would further strengthen international bonds, in turn kick-starting an economic resurgence. This is all extremely optimistic but not at all impossible.

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