Forget sending huge, expensive, remote-controlled robot probes to Mars--could a swarm of smaller, cheaper units that roam the surface using honeybee-like thinking actually do part of the exploration better and more cheaply?
Find hope in this, NASA, science and Mars fans: President Obama's new stance on NASA's funding will likely pump no less than $6 billion into the agency to create a new heavy rocket sooner than we'd hoped. Mars is its target.
All pointers say that in the next budget from the Obama government, NASA's moonshot Constellation program will be axed. It's not necessarily the end of the dream, though: The plan is to involve private space companies much more.
NASA's always trying to push the envelope, and tomorrow the space agency's got a really big push: It's going to bomb the Moon. Seriously, and it's all in the name of science, the search for water, and space exploration.