Ive always had an interest in space exploration and manned missions to Mars. Ever since the Apollo missions Ive watched with interest developments in Space technology. I always assumed that in 20-30 years after the last Apollo Mission we would just go to Mars, but now,, it might be 2050 before we get there, if at all. Im interested to hear peoples opinions about this. Should we go, and if so, how do we go, and where should we go to the red planet. This thread is motivated by me going to see the new Ridley Scott movie this weekend and of course the strong evidence of flowing water on our neighbour. I am curious to hear other peoples opinions. My opinion, we should go, as early as is possible, with the ultimate goal of having a permanent presence on the red planet. So what is the consensus?