NASA administrator: Mars mission an investment in research Orlando Business Journal

The announced manned mission to Mars is not simply a flight of fancy, but an important investment in research, NASA’s administrator said Thursday. In a wide-ranging session at the weeklong Gartner Symposium/ITxpo at the Walt Disney World Dolphin, Sean O’Keefe also said throughout human history, there has been the desire to explore the unknown, to understand what we don’t know and then build on what we learn from the experience.