What seems like aeons ago at this point man took a trip to the Moon, walking on the surface in one of the most spectacular feats in space exploration in quite some time, unfortunately since that occurred we haven’t done anything nearly as bold, we’ve helped build and traveled to and from an International Space Station but man hasn’t gone any further. (space) There have been rumors of trips back to the Moon for years but nothing has ever materialized, rumors have even abound that we could be setting up some type of tourist attraction up on the surface of that massive grey ball in the sky. (economist) Travel into space has always mystified those of us who aren’t quite capable of becoming astronauts, the question of what’s out there, what life could be like if we found it somewhere else in the universe, and just how amazing it would be to look back down on Earth from above for the night, it’s a beautiful thought. (martianchronicles) With everything we’ve done so far, the next evolutionary step in space exploration has now been pegged as sending humans to Mars, it’s a wild proposition but it’s also a bit difficult so the questions of when or how it could happen will be tricky to figure out. (space)
The plans for traveling to Mars seemed a bit crazy on the surface originally anyway, with thoughts of using either a Moon outpost or some type of slingshot theory of using a passing asteroid in order to make the distance a bit easier, the ideas have been lampooned for their cartoonish makeup. (nationalgeographic) Now there are reports that the plans of getting to Mars may be doomed before we even get them off the ground, the biggest problem is that in order to make it to Mars we’re going to need a global focus on getting the job done, it’s not something that can be achieved by just one nation, this goal is so large we all need to come together if we’re going to make it happen. (yahoo) Aside from the massive monetary needs for a trip of this magnitude there is considerable risk to human life as well, it’ll be a tough task but at the end of the day it’s something we would all love to see achieved. (usatoday) Personally, I’d love to explore the Red Planet myself some day but I don’t know how far away something along those lines could be, until then I’ll accept being able to see it happen on television and through the cameras they’re sure to have running online at all times.