Okay, we put a man on the moon in 1969, for its time it was an amazing feat, it opened peoples minds & the sci fi film and fiction genre greatly expanded. However putting the man on the moon was a race against the russians to get there first. since then everything has come to a stop. Sure we put loads of probes on mars and spent billions on pointless experiments like finding out the effects of lego and china teacups in space etc... From 1969 onwards people expected to have a colony on the moon, an american flag on mars and able to live in space stations orbiting earth by now.
I would like to see a man on mars by the time I die, but it seems its now up to the Russians or chinese. I do know that russian astronauts have been doing tests to see the effects of being locked in tight confined spaces for up to 6 months (the estimated time to reach mars) and it seems only those with the strongest mental strentgh can handle this, but the russians really are hard b'stards so who knows. What does everyone else think about this?