One may say we are already up to our necks in debt, and that nothing is to be gained through exploring Mars and other planets. If you do a little research, you'll notice that without sending men to the moon, we would be missing out on several technologies such as MRIs, LEDs, and even firefighting equipment. Imagine what we would get out of a trip to Mars. And also, the few hundred million dollar budget to be used by NASA are pennies compared to the military's budget keeping military personnel deployed overseas in over 150 countries. We do not need to police the world, we have other countries that can do that.
Yes, it is extremely important that humanity continues to explore Mars. The scientific data that exploration has brought us is useful in understanding the environment, and leads to direct applications here on Earth. Additionally, settling Mars in the future would make the future of the human race more secure in case of a catastrophe on Earth.
You never know what type of resources we could find that might be beneficial to us. Plus, maybe their is something to learn that could revolutionize the science field. We do need to go overboard with it, just continue to do what we are currently doing. We would of never discovered water on Mars if we did not explore it.
yes, if you think about it, they are bound to have some elements on mars that we do not have on the earth. These could be used to make our country a whole lot better one day, if we will just find a way to get it all back here.
I think its just a stepping stone to the future. If we go to Mars changing its atmosphere would be a giant boost to our species. The expansion would not only get us off earth,but it would set us up for future planets. The more we move the more the species stays alive.
I do not see a valid reasoning for the continued exploration of Mars or any other planets by humans. Our government is deep in debt already and each year millions of tax dollars are thrown away on such trivial pursuits as measuring gravity, oxygen and density of Mars surface. What benefit is this? None.