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Originally posted by elevatedone
Lets remember that this is all assuming that we have not already been to Mars and / or are not there at this very minute.
There are people who believe we've been going there since the 60's.
posted by Direwolf
We should go to Mars eventually, but the establishment of a Moon base and proper space station must be the first priority. Unfortunately NASA isn't competent enough to properly build these things. It's hierarchy is so steeped in missile culture that it can't think of anything else.
Then you build a under ground Lunar base with solar panels designed to track the sun. From there, you have the option of building in Lunar orbit or Earth orbit. After the ship comes back from Mars, you can park it in Lunar orbit and refit it for a trip somewhere else. But it won't happen. It makes too much sense.