I remember the growing up with the excitement of the Apollo program. I would have been nine in 1968 and I remember keeping a news paper folder of all the missions. Exciting. Wonderful. Motivating.
Between Apollo and Star Trek, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut. In real life I studied science and earned a PhD in chemistry.
As a species, we have evolved with open spaces; frontiers. Humans to Mars, is a dream we need. Most especially, our youngsters.
This article explains much better than I can.
Huffington Post, October 11, 2016, by Janet Ivey Why send humans to Mars? Because as Gene Roddenberry said, “We are on a journey to keep an appointment with whatever we are.” As a space science