Mars So Close, Yet So Far Discovery News

Mars may be as close to Earth as it’s been in 60,000 years, but for space exploration advocates who’ve been pining to follow up the Apollo moon missions with a human expedition to Mars, the Red Planet has never been more distant. “Right now, a Mars mission is on no one’s radar scope,” said Karl Leib, a political scientist at Wabash College, Ind., and co-author of a book on space policy. “What matters now is just getting the shuttle back into service and getting NASA back to the point where it can trust itself.”