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Manned mission to mars

A manned mission to Mars sounds as exciting as the next Star Trek’s episode would to any Captain Picard and Enterprise crew fan. This anticipated manned mission to Mars, by such figures as the 2008 Republican Presidential candidate and especially those at NASA, is not expected to happen for some thirty more years. If there are thirty years why not take our time and devote funding and tax dollars to issues that need fixing here at home, like healthcare for example. Mars can wait another sixty or seventy or even hundred years. By then, the craters and red sand along with the below zero temperature will still be there like it has always been, and hopefully by then technology will have surpassed where it is today. The bottom line is that Mars can wait. This mission need not be rushed, as Earth should be given priority in interest while we are living off its resources.
The lucky participants who, will be chosen when the time calls, will have to travel at least a good six months before reaching Mars, according to a BBC news article. The Moon was a three day trip. These astronauts will have to live on Mars for several years before returning and with Mars’ frigid temperatures and lifeless form, we here on Earth, most likely won’t be in a rush to vacation on Mars or rather yet live on it.