A recent Star article (3/25, A-2, “One Mars rover heads for hibernation”) stirred some thoughts I have had since the space shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas on its return to Earth in 2003.
The article stated the rovers were being put to sleep and having their activities reduced to cut $4 million from NASA’s budget. The budget for these rovers has been $20 million a year.
The rovers did send back evidence that water may have once run on the surface of Mars. So? I really don’t see how that information has helped the average citizen.
I acknowledge that we have gained some valuable data from past space explorations, but where are we going with this? I am not interested in living in a pod in outer space, nor interested in taking trips to look at Earth from above.
Are we getting any real benefit for the great amount of money this program is costing us? Maybe it is time we took a new look at what is really important to the future of mankind on Earth and where we focus our energies and tax dollars.
Roger C. Turner