Forgive me friends for posting so much in the recent days, you see I've been filling in here at work since they fired the Assistant Manager. I enjoy reading the threads here and learning more about the myriad of things being discussed. Here are some questions I have for all of you concerning the subject of this post. 1. Do you believe we should travel to Mars in the near future and what would be the benefits of doing so? Do they outweigh the costs? 2. Do you think that we should attempt mining asteroids in the not-to-distant future or avoid them all-together? Is it to risky to try mining an extrasolar body? 3. Do you think we should concentrate on R&D for interstellar travel or abandon this science for awhile? (until we sort out other problems) What would be the benefits of traveling between star systems and the downfalls? Please answer realistically, by that I mean don't give fanciful notions, instead use what you know science is capable of doing at this time and determine what might be gained by any of the above. PS I forgot to make the poll multiple choice so just select the most favorable option to you.