To be honest, there’s zero scientific utility in sending people to crew a billionaire’s panic room on the red planet. If a fraction of the money was spent on probes we could learn so much more about our solar system. Instead, we’re squandering hundreds of billions to achieve photo opportunities and to indulge the ill-considered teen-boy fantasies of a few super-rich men who lack sufficient understanding of the overall problem domain.

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