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  • The "Angry Red Planet" has recently been invaded by Curiousity, the probe that is the best hope for transmitting information back to Earth about the viability and need for a mission to Mars. But why go there in the first place? After all, we have a plethora of problems to deal with here on Earth.

    We have multiple diseases that affect millions of people. We have wars and poverty and global warning (or progressive orbital precession, whichever you prefer) that is altering the climate patterns of our planet and endangering our habitats and our food supply. Shouldn't we be dealing with those first?

    Answer: We are. Our scientists and researchers and men of vision have not ceased looking for cures to disease, a way to stabilize the economies of the planet, or a way to relocate populations to areas more favorable to human life. As a matter of fact, the breakthrough in technology that results from space travel is a huge contributor to the efforts of the more earth-bound sciences.

    Why go to Mars? To see what is there and what, if anything, can be used to improve life for us humans. Mars is a planet similar to Earth and therefore should contain many of the minerals we are consuming on this planet. That Mars is now uninhabitable does not mean it cannot be transformed in the future with some sort of terra forming operation we are not yet capable of performing. There are so many unknowns which may be of use in the future, but we have to learn as much as we can in order for it to be of any use.

    Since anyone who reads my stories is aware I am a Christian and a believer, you might find it strange I am also an advocate for space travel. I think it makes perfect sense. Nowhere in the Bible does it state that we are the only planet He populated. If He made the universe and only formed one race, to quote David Morse in Contact, "It seems like a mighty big waste of space."

    Why go to Mars? To learn.

    ~Fred~
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