Re: Possible Mars missions
I don't want to disagree with you, but
Only the rich merchants and pirates and rulers had their own cross-ocean worthy vessels. Columbus, Poncho, and all the other guys spent small fortunes with NO guarantee of any economic viability. Many died from disease and crashes. It was dangerous, expensive, and most failed to increase any real economy in their own lifetimes.
Even in early times, the Vikings for example, while they did cross oceans and go to N. America, entire villages worked tirelessly to build their vessels, together, and most didn't survive, and furthermore, they never got rich from it.
Spice trading did increase the economy massively for nearly all sea faring nations. BUT NOT FOR MANY YEARS UNTIL AFTER THEY HAD CHARTED A PATH!
Its not like they built a ship by the lowest bidder, stuck a monkey on it, and had an automatic method of making money. It took long hard years, dangerous years, of working and building and thinking and mapping and trading.
I love space exploration.
Space exploration means we are:
Still thinking about the possibilities
Still hopefull about the universe
Not arrogant enough to think we know everything about the universe
Striving, trying, working, believing in something greater than our bound earth.