The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, pronounced /ˈnæsə/) is an Executive Branch agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation’s civilian space program and aeronautics and aerospace research. Since February 2006 NASA’s self-described mission statement is to “pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.”1
From the Wikipedia definition of NASA you know can understand their simple mission and purposes. The reason why NASA wants to send astronauts – and even your name – on Mars is still unclear to me. I think they are considering the re-population of another planet and they are surely considering life on another planet, no matter the costs of this project that is under development on our planet. We have not reached yet the level of controlling our planet and now we want to control other planets and stars. So what I think that NASA is doing is observing and socializing planets inside a network they created and are trying to extend the idea of it to all classes of human society: kids, students, professors, twitter users, curious people. I don’t see it as a bad idea; the bad idea is to finance something that produces nothing.
If you were asked to go on Mars (not as a Martian, as NASA offers now on their website this option as well) and were asked to pay for your trip there, surely NASA would evolve from a simple earthly travel agency to a super-spatial agency, something that we only see in movies and read in books. I believe anyone would like to go. Anyone is curious about doing and seeing something they never done before. But sending astronauts there, on a bare and naked planet, without any form of life, in my opinion, is just like sending pigs to gather crops from Sahara desert. NASA had sent robots there before and they are analyzing the surface of Mars already. They are trying to get more money from us, the contributors of this planet, to finance their curiosity. Couldn’t they send more robots there instead of humans? You should all see the movie Planet 51. You will understand how human people are understood by alien civilization (even if the movie is just a satirical story of a man that landed on an alien populated planet), although I never believed that aliens ever existed on our space. They are other secret creations of NASA trying to reason their investments, in searching for answers they already know, but wants us to believe they don’t. Well, they should consider visiting the sun! They should putting there a faucet and reduce the “global warming” and some pipes that would bring us more heat for free during freezing winters. At least they would produce something good for this humanity and not come up with more expenses and projects that need funding. Whoever agrees with this should not send their name on the chip that will be sent to Mars in 2011. It’s just the same thing of going there yourself, this way your real person is protected, as for your name it won’t be.