Apparently there's a new program in NASA called the Hundred Year Starship Initiative, which plans to have astronauts undertake a manned mission to Mars by 2030. While this is interesting the part that really strikes me is the fact that there will be no return journey. Yes those who choose to go to the red planet will be stuck there unless they figure out a way to get back on their own.
Thousands of miles from loved ones on a barren planet with little resources, or even gravity, will be the life for the brave pioneers. I can't imagine choosing that one way trip, but bravo to those who do. They will be forever immortalized in the annals of history if the project is a success.
Can we the public choose who'll go with them? I know of a few candidates that the Earth would be better off without, such as Karl Rove and the person who invented those damn aluminum dryer tubes that hardly fit the vent holes with screws that are too small for the clamps that make you want to destroy.....
Yes home owning is such a joy.
"Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia." - Kurt Vonnegut