We Were Supposed to Be on Mars by Now! Why Aren't We?

March 30, 2015 2:01 PM

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We Were Supposed to Be on Mars by Now! Why Aren't We?

Humanity's advancement into space has not progressed quite as predicted. In the 1960s and 1970s, futurists, as well as science fiction movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey or the old campy television show, Space 1999, took it for granted that regular passenger flights, moon bases, interplanetary exploration, and other extraordinary advancements in space would be a reality before the end of the 20th Century. We have obviously fallen well short of that vision, but as fantastical as that speculation may seem today, it wasn't entirely based on wishful thinking or flights of fancy.

After the United States successfully landed humans on the moon, there were high level discussions at NASA and elsewhere that advocated for sending humans to Mars by the mid-1980s. In view of the truly remarkable speed in which America achieved the Moon landings, Mars by the 1980s didn't seem all th...

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