We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Posted 15 December 2012 - 11:05 PM
highdesert50, on 15 December 2012 - 10:35 PM, said:
Exciting, but it would be more exciting to see the $2billion go towards an expedited manned landing and eventual settlement on Mars.
I think it would be foolish putting all of NASA's eggs in one basket. NASA must continue to explore other worlds as well as Mars, just as they explored the solar system in the '60s and '70s whilst Apollo was ongoing.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001
The big question "are we alone in this universe" has been a driving force with NASA for many years. Mars and before that Venus were all predicted to have some sort of primitive life even up to the early 1950's.
It seems the more knowledgeable we become of our solar system and the universe, the more "alone" we seem to be.
NASA have said the search for life is the search for water.
They believe that these moons (Europa and to a point Enceladus) may harness the precious liquid under the ice.
After all these years NASA still amazes me.
Edited by Major Payne, 17 December 2012 - 03:13 AM.