Okay, so I'm watching the Daily Show with John Stewart and they were spoofing the Mars expedition. At the end, John Stewart said something to the effect that we had sent the Viking craft and they collected rocks. Then we sent the Pathfinder and they looked at rocks. Now the current is looking at Rocks.
The segment ended without a response to this, but it got me to wondering. What is the ultimate goal here? Knowledge is a worthy pursuit indeed but what are we going to DO with that knowledge? What foundation does this help setup that we can continue to build on?
I actually support manned space travel because I belive we need to expand out of the solar system so our race doesn't die off in 5 million years but I'm curious as to the goal.