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Old October 12 2010, 03:39 PM   #16
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Re: "Mars Direct" NBC series in development about a mission to Mars

Cruella wrote: View Post
Does anyone else think the phrase "Race to Mars" is either a contradiction in terms or insanely optimistic?
according to Wikipedia
The Space Race was a mid-to-late twentieth century competition between the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (USA) for supremacy in outer space exploration. The term refers to a specific period in human history, 1957-1975,
The race was both ideological and technological, and it involved pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, sub-orbital and orbital human spaceflight around the earth, and piloted voyages to the Moon.
The Space Race sparked unprecedented increases in spending on education and pure research, which accelerated scientific advancements and led to beneficial spin-off technologies.
my bolding.
This is perhaps why calling space exploration with a specific goal such as landing a human on Mars a race increases competition and a need for spending by governments. Without this delving into a political discussion regarding funding for space exploration I'm merely answering your question.
There is already a thread here for that:
funding for manned Mission to Mars [financial/political ONLY]
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