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NASA's $850-million mission to Mars is about to launch

By Business Insider

Samantha Lee/Business Insider NASA is about to launch InSight: a new, $850-million Mars lander that will probe the red planet's secrets like never before. InSight is just one of dozens of robotic aRead full story

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  • This is one of those stories that make me excited to be alive when I am. I’ll be following the launch and the research that comes out of this mission closely. I know there are many who consider space research and exploration to be a waste of money because of the steep price tags associated with the missions

    This is one of those stories that make me excited to be alive when I am. I’ll be following the launch and the research that comes out of this mission closely. I know there are many who consider space research and exploration to be a waste of money because of the steep price tags associated with the missions ($850 million is nothing to scoff at), but this research could have an enormous impact on our future on this planet and as a species. I recently started listening to the podcast The Habitat about the group in Hawaii training for the scenarios expected in a human Mars mission. With work like this, the possibility of future missions with humans doesn’t feel far off, and I can’t wait to witness it.

  • Being a big science fiction fan I think this is awesome. If we do plan on sending people to Mars it is crucial that we know everything we can about the planet and its composition. My question is while there have been many theories over the years about terraforming the red planet is it even possible

    Being a big science fiction fan I think this is awesome. If we do plan on sending people to Mars it is crucial that we know everything we can about the planet and its composition. My question is while there have been many theories over the years about terraforming the red planet is it even possible? If it is that would be cool, however, if this is going to be another moon mission program that just gets there a few times and then stops then what is the point. It seems redundant to spend all that money and risk the lives of all those people for nothing.

  • 850 millions dollars, wow. Something groundbreaking better come out of this. Especially as many missions as there were. It's pretty cool the facts in this article. Like the amount of land on mars is equivalent to that of earth. But I don't see humans establishing any kind of living on mars in my lifetime

    850 millions dollars, wow. Something groundbreaking better come out of this. Especially as many missions as there were. It's pretty cool the facts in this article. Like the amount of land on mars is equivalent to that of earth. But I don't see humans establishing any kind of living on mars in my lifetime, even my sons. Hope elon musk has kids to continue his legacy and company's goals to get us to mars. Honestly a private company has a better chance of getting people there before a government, unless suddenly that's all a government concerns itself with. But here looking at the future

  • One thing that never ceases to astround me is NASA-both as an organization and how it handles society. What I don't understand is why we are quiet and get pushed around all the time. For what, a few articles to be written a year? Why don't they share their activities with the general public, it's not

    One thing that never ceases to astround me is NASA-both as an organization and how it handles society. What I don't understand is why we are quiet and get pushed around all the time. For what, a few articles to be written a year? Why don't they share their activities with the general public, it's not like there is a race going on anymore. Plus going to Mars is a big move on their part. They are accomplishing the unimaginable. NASA needs to be more publicized so the youth have someone to model after. NASA will provide opportunities to at risk youth who otherwise would be in jail.

  • This kind of thing keeps me needing out. Very exciting stuff.

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