Though Congress has been divided for the past 8 years, there is one issue that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on; colonizing mars. Congress is moving towards a bipartisan bill for NASA to establish a colony on the red planet. The bill will protect the mission from any future president trying to interfere with the mission. According to NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, “We’re closer to sending human beings to Mars today than anyone, anywhere has ever been.” The progress of this Mars mission shows not only in the advancement and plans for technology, but through the political side of this mission. Politicians on Capitol Hill all agree that it is time for America to be back on top the space exploration race, and hope to regain the lead with this Mars mission. Though, some politicians do not agree on how the mission should be accomplished. Ted Cruz believes that we should return to the moon to test our technology and the logistics needed to travel to Mars. Others, like previous president, Barack Obama, believe that we should leave the lunar travel in the past and aim for the mission to be in 2025.
Some might argue that we should not send humans to Mars if we want to colonize the planet. That the rovers have had a lot of success on retrieving information on the red planet. Yet, we still need to send humans to start this process of colonization on Mars. Scientist believe that if we stay on Earth, humans will eventually go extinct, and this would happen before the Sun dies out. It is written in geological history that extinction is apart of this world’s process. It is hard to say how urgent this mission is, and how losing billions of dollars is worth it. Due to the fact that we do not know when, or if a catastrophic event is going to occur. Though we do know that in 5 billion years the Sun will become a red giant. Frying the place that we call home. Other reasons for extinction come into place because of us. With nuclear weapons that can wipe out billions of people being pointed and threatened at one another. We see the minutes toward doomsday get closer, and closer. Colonizing Mars would not only save the human race, but it would help towards more colonization of planets. Who knows? Maybe instead of being defined by what country you come from; you are defined by the planet you come from in the future.