Eventually, we do need to become a “multi-planetary species”.

From the Toronto Star, June, 12, 2015, ‘Elon Musk working to build internet service provider in space

“Mars is going to need a global communications system, too,” he said in his January remarks. “A lot of what we do developing Earth-based communications can be leveraged for Mars, as well, as crazy as that may sound.”

I personally feel we’ll only be getting early human exploration of Mars at the end of my lifetime, with various robotic/remote exploration in the meantime. But solving the huge challenges involved in such an undertaking (eventual colonization) will have, largely, really positive spillover effects for us on Terra.

"Mars Hubble" by NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) - http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2001/24/image/a/ (direct link)http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/html/opo0124a.html. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mars_Hubble.jpg#/media/File:Mars_Hubble.jpg

“Mars Hubble” by NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) – http://www.spacetelescope.org/images/html/opo0124a.html; Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mars_Hubble.jpg

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