Yeah lets spend money on bringing dirt from mars instead of fixing the problems on our planet. You wana talk about progress? How about the wars that are being waged by the US that are destroying whole nations? Last time I checked the US is not only screwing others but screwing itself.
17 trillion dollars?
Yeah humanity needs a wake up call, there are, but only a minute minority of people pays heed. The other are too dumb and disillusioned with tv, movies, music, media, games, and other distractions to realize it.
Money should be spent on fixing problems with humans themselves and not going on nerd adventures. One step at a time. When we're in a state that we can say we have no hungry person on the street begging and some sense of justice, we can talk about extravagant adventures about finding the composition of dirt on mars.
And Hugo chavez, you tool, this was specifically in the politics section for a reason.