For once George Bush has connected with a visceral, unquenchable urge in the human spirit, that element that drove Columbus and St Brendan to the New World, that conquered Everest simply because it was there, and that inspired scientists through the ages to say that no problem was or is beyond them. He has set a challenge worthy of mankind in the 21st Century - others will find the means and make the trip. For once he should be applauded.That comes from this morning's Irish Times (sub. only access) editorial. Amazing simply because I never thought I'd see the day when George Bush was applauded by the Irish Times.
Unfortunately for us European-based space buffs hoping to get a free ride on an exciting (if virtual and vicarious) trip to Mars, the American public is none-too-keen to foot the bill.