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Letter: Mars mission would spur innovation

Recurring slope lineae flowing downhill on Mars are

Recurring slope lineae flowing downhill on Mars are inferred to have been formed by contemporary flowing water. Photo Credit: Getty Images

I disagree with “Go to the red planet? Let’s not” [Opinion, Nov. 21].

Why not go to Mars? This is the next step in the evolution of humankind and the pursuit of the next frontier. Our natural curiosity inspires us to always peek around the next corner and climb the next hill.

Given the symbiotic relationship between our government, the private sector and research universities, a trip to Mars could be worthwhile. Consider some of the technologies developed in the last 100 years via this consortium: aviation, GPS, internet, radar, antibiotics, computers, cellphones, fiber optics, nanotechnology and more. All have had profound effects on our lives.

President Barack Obama is right to propose a journey to Mars. It’s time to beam up and go where no one has gone before.

Ed Weinert, Melville

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