As a sci-fi fan, I understand the value of manned space exploration. As a taxpayer, I understand why we can’t afford it right now. But to claim that we can’t discover life on Mars unless we go there ourselves is a little suspect. It’s just not as impressive if the only way we can find life on the Red Planet is to send it there ourselves.
Old-time gold prospectors used to call this “salting the mine”. Get caught, and you might find yourself swinging at the end of a rope from the nearest hangin’ tree.
Paradoxically, if Mars One happens to land near a decent hangin’ tree, all will be forgiven.
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