Forty years ago, man landed on the moon. It was an extraordinary technological achievement and yet, we've forgotten all about it. Back then, it seemed like the very exciting first chapter of a book. There'd be a chapter called "On to Mars," followed by "On to Venus" and so on. The Space Age had arrived. Space travel had arrived. Maybe they had, but we were not waiting there to meet them. Instead, we got bored with space. When will men walk on Mars? Beats me. Venus? Same answer. It would cost billions of dollars and there are no signs the American government, or for that matter any government, wants to spend it. And you know what? They're probably right. I mean, if you had to choose between spending tax dollars on better educating our kids or on getting to Mars, how would you vote? Or between reducing hunger and Mars? Or between decent housing for our people and Mars. Or between...well, it's a long list. For once, I think government got it right. Mars would be a grand adventure, but this other stuff matters a whole lot more. Of course, if we spend the money on wars instead...well, that's another question.
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