This NASA handout of an artist's concept depicts NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander a moment before its 2008 touchdown on the arctic plains of Mars. Pulsed rocket engines control the spacecraft's speed during the final seconds of descent.
The space probe Phoenix will soon launch on its 9-month journey to Mars. The $420million mission will be aimed at the Martian arctic region to look for microbial life utilizing research tools never before used.
Just like the Apollo moon missions of the late sixties and early seventies, the innovative technologies developed to enable these missions will benefit humankind for decades to come. Regrettably, human kind either does not notice or chooses to swear allegiance to the enemy all the while utilizing the many advantages of the newfound technologies and maybe even profit from them.