Open Thread: Mars Landing for Curiosity

Over the weekend, NASA landed another probe onto the surface of our neighboring planet Mars. The rover inside the probe, named Curiosity, has begun transmitting its first images of the surface back. They aren't too exciting just yet due to some equipment not being set up yet, but expect many more interesting ones over its two-year lifespan.

That leads to the question: Do you believe space exploration should be a government funded enterprise or one that is turned over to the private sector? Second question: Considering how much President Obama likes to spend money, why has he cut the NASA budget so much?

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