It was Lao-Tzu who said, “For the wise man looks into space and he knows there is no limited dimensions.”

In the past century, we have had several world wars, seen man take his first juvenile steps on the Moon and bore witness to the discovery and trail of devastation left by H.I.V./AIDS the world over.

Many argue and question why humans should venture out to other planets, and perhaps in the process create new problems, when we have so many problems on our own planet.  Among other things, there is a potential for forward and backward contamination of Mars and Earth.

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