The total estimated cost of the Mars mission is US$2.5 billion. After recent large aid cuts from the US government, and the destruction of Challenger and Columbia, NASA is claiming the Mars mission is a
A car-size robot machine is able to send pictures from five hundred seventy five thousand miles from earth: a great opportunity for scientists to uncover facts about the planet.
After the Mars missions success, the US president wants to expand the US space program. NASA is planning a manned mission in 2020.
At a time when the world’s big economies and the US itself are passing through their worst financial crises, the high cost of the Mars mission is being highly criticized in some quarters.
The reality is that this type of high-cost mission must benefit humanity.
Unfortunately, instead of providing relief from suffering, the big powers are using space missions for military purposes.
The battle for space supremacy is ongoing between the US, Russia and China.
Satellite-guided missiles, spy planes and unmanned drones have become harsh realities.
Khawaja Umer Farooq
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia