http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/...lix-Baumgartner-Mars-is-a-waste-of-money.html I always thought we create a base on the moon, mine minerals, grav launch them to Earth orbit to create orbiting factories, mine the asteroids for more ore, then move on with interstellar and then inter system travel. We can't just go somewhere, and do nothing. We went to the moon, as part of a space race, West versus East. Like a climber asked why he climbs dangerous mountains, "because it's there!" Mars may actually be a political point to make, much like the moon visits. So yes, maybe it is a waste of money and effort, and we ought to spend that money on our planet. But whatever we spend, things aren't getting better. We see industrialised nations creating products for us and the stories that come out of downtrodden workers, industrial accidents and pollution. We see charities collecting from the people and going into countries where our governments give aid that is spent on weapons, and their leaders have palaces and fleets of cars. Do you think the current plan for reaching Mars is a waste of money?