If the dinosaurs had had a Mars programme, they might still be here.

Stacy, 29: Mankind has already landed on the Moon. I think it’s womankind’s turn on Mars. Derek, 22: It may seem a little crazy to be out here pretending we are on Mars but it is even crazier that we are not doing the real thing and exploring the planet. That would benefit humanity in ways that we can’t even imagine right now. Pierre-Emmanuel, 38: The pioneering spirit that runs through us all is the bridge that connects past and future. Alain, 55: I think it is very important that we go to Mars, to compare the evolution of planets, understand more about the origins of life, develop new technologies that can be used on Earth and increase young people’s interest in science. Also we need to dream. I can’t be the only one who wants to see the reality show. BBC News: The Mars Desert Research Station.

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