Those who say travel time must be 2 weeks or we should not go, probably would have left the new word as it was back in the day...
I agree with John fond out the crew but also fond of the truth and safety. We must be able to separate personal relationships from our jobs, especially when people lifes are involved.
Lower the cost of launch, this is the main goal (the admission cost for interesting things in space). He focuses on that and we should all focus our comments on that, all the others will come......
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No moon, there is nothing there, but i understand the proximity and testbed arguments.. We must inspire people to rally behind the cause to dream to.. And only MARS can achieve this goal!