A manned mission to Mars, called for by the first President Bush in a moment of passing giddiness, was quietly dropped when someone worked out that it would cost $450 billion and probably result in the deaths of all the crew . . .Love the snark, especially when directed at the Bushies. But I was a little saddened, nonetheless. And then I read:
Based on what we know now and can reasonably imagine, there is absolutely no prospect that any human being will ever visit the edge of our own solar system -- ever. It is just too far.That shit makes me want to cry. As I do nearly every time that I look up at the full moon, and think about when I was 8-going-on-9, and people were first landing on the moon, and I thought, Sure! I'll have a job up there someday!
Sometimes, you just gotta keep the faith. My faith is: we either learn how to get there, or we die.