In a normal circumstance, we are told, 'This is very bad for you!' and then a few months later, 'Actually, we were wrong, it's good for you.. in moderation.'
I'm thinking about the whole Mars thing in the same way. Last year, I believe we were told, 'Oh, we won't be going to Mars anytime soon, maybe 2045.' And now we are being told 2018.
Regardless of whether going to Mars means us landing there or just making a fly by... it is the point that it is Mars.
We can 'jumpstart' our planning to go to Mars in less time than it was previously thought. That makes me ponderous.
Yet we have no 'actual' plans to return to the Moon. This makes me also ponderous.
Recently there was an article about how SETI 'failed' to pick up any alien transmissions, or what have you. And there are other things that have been reported that goes against our potential space travel and the possibility of us not being alone in our solar system. To me, there doesn't seem to be a 'link' a substantial enough link to warrant this sudden 'jumpstart' into planning to go to Mars. And with stating all of the above, I am left to think that there is truly something that us common folk are totally unaware of and are not being told. All we get are snippets of information and most often those snippets confuse us because they change so frequently.
I just wish that we could just simply know what -they- or -whoever- knows beforehand. I certainly don't want to wake up one morning and see on the news: '...this is a historical moment, the first human ever to go to Mars.' And then sit there with my mouth gapping open and thinking, 'This ain't right.'
There are a lot of loose strings out there and I just wish someone/something would just make gather all them strings up and connect them.
Yes something is out there, but it's not aliens, it's the elusive truth!
I dont see it like that. NASA has said they would not be ready for a Mars mission (manned) for decades. This is not NASA. This is a provate organization. They do not play by the same rules that NASA does. Being a private organazation they may have access to more money than NASA does, they maybe able to throw more money at the problems of flying to Mars than NASA can because of budget constraints. Also lets face it being a private entity they dont have to be as vigilant as a government agency when it comes to matters of safety.