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Shoot for Mars mission

40 years ago this week, man walked on the moon for the first time. If you're old enough to remember that day, you also remember the incredible sense of pride you felt about America, and our historic mission into space. We succeeded as a country, and as a space program.

There is now talk about this country going back into deep space, with another lunar mission and then an eventual mission to Mars. But there are those who say such an endeavor is too expensive, there are more pressing needs on the home front. We need to spend those billions on helping to alleviate hunger, disease and suffering on planet Earth.

We disagree. Since man first walked on the Earth, we have felt the need to explore, a need to seek out the mysteries that are beyond our understanding. And space offers us that fulfillment. To throw away such ambitious dreams would be unfortunate. Besides, the cost can be spread out among the nations that would participate in such a venture.

Mankind is better off today because of that mission to the moon 40 years ago. And mankind will be even more better off once we plant our footprints and our flags on the Martian surface.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager

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