Tomorrow, a spacecraft will be touching down on the Isidis Plaintia of Mars (if all goes well). The Beagle 2 (named after Darwin’s famous ship that bore him to the Galapagos Islands) will be searching for signs of present or past life on the red planet.
Korzak and I sometimes disagree if these are valid missions (he’s much more interested in exploring Earth’s oceans), but I think we can both agree that any progress in the field of exploration is a “good thing.” I would venture that exploring, investigating, and discovery are part of what makes us to be human. Any money spent in this way is welcome.
Space.com is also running the 10 best space images of 2003. You can check yourself (of course), but here are my favorites: