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View Poll Results: Will humans go to Mars?
Yes, but not in our lifetimes 8 40.00%
Yes, probably in the next few decades 9 45.00%
No, there is no public will and the risks/costs are too high 3 15.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-12-2012, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I think we eventually will, but not anytime within our lifetime. I don't even understand why people care. What's so good about living on Mars? It looks like a giant desert with absolutely nothing to do.

I think the government should be spending money in a more practical area.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:41 PM
 
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Why are we arguing about the U.S? I do think humans will set foot on mars within 50 years, but it will not be this country. There is no political will anymore for exploration, the public doesn't see the need so we won't be doing it. If it is someone from the US, it will be a private venture. The government will not back a mission to Mars.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:24 PM
 
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I think we eventually will, but not anytime within our lifetime. I don't even understand why people care. What's so good about living on Mars? It looks like a giant desert with absolutely nothing to do.

I think the government should be spending money in a more practical area.
Human expansion into space is crucial for our long term survival. Mars would be a great stepping stone to farther advances.

Sure, Mars may be a vast desert now, but there are ways to change that. Look up terraforming. Fascinating subject!
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:35 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I think we eventually will, but not anytime within our lifetime. I don't even understand why people care. What's so good about living on Mars? It looks like a giant desert with absolutely nothing to do.

I think the government should be spending money in a more practical area.
I understand where you're coming from. However, going to Mars is a tremendously inspiring and exciting goal for humans. It gives a sense of purpose to future generations who will be asking "what's next?".

Why do people care? Well, why did people climb the highest mountain or journey to the north pole or go to the moon? Because they could. It's in humanity's interest to become spacefaring eventually. And having another planet to call home is important for the long-term survival of our species (and maybe other species as well).

Besides, Mars has some fascinating geological features, like a canyon much longer and deeper than the Grand Canyon and mountains much taller than the highest on earth.
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