Newsweek: Mission to Mars

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I was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, as the Mars Rover was about to land and explore the Red Planet for the first time.  What was amazing to me about reporting this story was learning about the cult of scientists who believe that it is possible – and necessary – for humans to begin “terraforming” Mars.  They have elaborate plans to set up colonies there, slowly building an atmosphere and making Mars habitable.  This robotic exploratory mission was just the first step.