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If there’s life on Mars, they’ll contact us

June 14, 2003

TO THE EDITOR:

I have to question the decision by NASA to spend $800 million exploring the planet Mars in an effort to find the existence of life and/or water. If life does exist on Mars, Martians will contact us when they are ready. Also, as the majority of our planet’s surface is covered by water, I do not think a great need exists for Martian water.

I do think the $800 million should be put toward benefiting the inhabitants of Earth; specifically, those who live in the United States.

The citizens of this great country would be better served with that money going toward Social Security programs for the elderly or enhancing national defense programs for all of us.

Cary Vogt, Lancaster




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