A seven month, 354-million-mile journey is worth celebrating with a mash-up. Congratulations to NASA for the successful landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars. It’s a phenomenal accomplishment. Over the next months to years, the rover Curiosity will investigate Mars’ habitability, study its climate and geology, and collect data for a manned mission to Mars. Red Rover, Red Rover, Send the Humans Over!
Curiosity’s First Low-Resolution Color Panorama
Follow the further adventures of Curiosity on NASA’s website.
Sending men to Mars is vaguely in NASA’s future plans, but Elon Musk, internet entrepeneur and founder of SpaceX, believes man can be on Mars in 12-15 years.
A human settlement on Mars by 2023
Read more about Mars One, an international effort to put men on Mars.
Granted, there have been many dreams of sending men to Mars. This article from Wired, Humans on Mars: the Craziest, Weirdest, and Most Plausible Plans in History, touches on a few.
This is just the beginning. Mars is the next frontier. It begs to be explored.
Would I go if I could? My enthusiasm says ‘Heck, Yeah!’ In reality, I probably wouldn’t be one of the first. I’m not usually that adventurous. But I will be watching and supporting the exploration of Mars and hope that there will be men on Mars in my lifetime. Either way, I’m excited to see what happens from here, are you?
Or are you among the doubters and Naysayers like the following two links?
I don’t doubt that the rover is on the red planet. I don’t doubt that Humans will step foot on that planet. I believe that the benefits of the science, the technical development, and the knowledge that we gain from such a venture will be worth it. What about you? Do you hear it calling? Are you going to follow the discoveries and adventures of the red rover, Curiosity?