They interviewed teenagers and school-age children on NPR about their thoughts on Mars exploration, and I had a total old person moment. "What are they teaching you kids in school?" I thought to myself. "My god, things were different when I was your age."
Some reasons we might want to explore Mars:
"In case when the world ends, or something hits it, and we run out of life, we will have some people on another planet."
"Maybe there are some medicines there."
"It would be cool. Who knows, maybe Mars is a good vacation spot."
"I've never been to Mars. If I went there by myself I would go with someone and never be alone."
Okay, that last one was, like, four years old. But you'll agree that he's an idiot. How can you go alone and go with someone, Baby Genius? And how much you want to bet that first guy has seen Armageddon and Deep Impact over one hundred billion times. When "something hits it"? WHEN "SOMETHING HITS IT"?