So we’re going back to the moon and to Mars . I’ve been more than supportive of our space programs, but this almost seems silly. Why go back to somewhere we’ve abandoned? We have far more financial issues in America to worry about than sending a human (or chimp) to Mars. Our schools are in decline and no matter how much money we pump into them, the test scores haven’t changed in the past 20 years (* from jp ). Instead of researching the inner-workings of manned flight to the Mars, why not research the methods of education that we’re using in public schools and then build plans to revitalize the American school system.