I imagine there are millions of Americans still alive who recall the exciting days when our nation led the world in space exploration. I imagine there are millions still alive who experienced the thrill of an American stepping foot on the Moon. We then believed our nation was exploring the universe, sending men on trips beyond the stars, and enjoying the thrill of venturing into the unknown. NO, to be an explorer did not make the wealthy even more prosperous. NO, it did not mean that people had access to health care. NO, it did not mean we could reduce taxes and enjoy a life without evil government taking risks with our money. It was a time to dream impossible dreams of seeking to venture into space.
After a voyage of 441 million miles, the space craft named, MAVEN is now at the planet Mars. It will shortly descend to the surface and begin conducting experiments in order to determine if Mars once contained the elements of life. It will assist we humans to understand our universe. It will not result in lower taxes. It will not result in an expanding economy. It simply will solve problems. Of course, in the act of solving problems, new doors are opened into our ability to make life more successful on Earth!