Why Go To Mars?

Posted on January 9, 2015 by Dr. Lynda

“Imagination is more important than knowledge”- Einstein

Now think of the Apollo Missions. Is it time to imagine a Mars mission?

Image: Neil Armstrong on the moonFirst a couple good questions:

What did it take to get a man on the moon with less computer power than your average cell phone in the early 1960s?

Or what spurred the idea of space travel in the 1950s and earlier when it seemed to be but a pipe dream?


A whole lot of young, brilliant minds had to imagine space travel was possible, and once we slipped into the blackness beyond the earth’s atmosphere, tens of thousands were driven to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) areas that lead to fantasy and science fiction becoming reality.

We gained a lot of knowledge in the process, but first, there was the imagining.

Today, imaginations still run wild when it comes to further adventures in space, and who better to dream about the first human being walking on Mars than Neil deGrasse Tyson? And, boy, can he ever make a compelling argument!

Image: Neil deGrasse Tyson

And now get ready to dream big! Here’s NOVA ScienceNOW’s Can We Make It to Mars?

To learn more about Neil deGrasse Tyson’s various scientific pursuits, check out our various articles about the astrophysicist here.

Just scroll down to the bottom of this page where you’ll find a few of my favorite articles that continue a few of the trains of thought here!


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Stay open, hopeful and curious.

~ Dr. Lynda