NASA has declared that there will be continuing robotic exploration of Mars, but the privately funded one-way trip to this planet has gained much more interest because of the human involvement. This trip, which already has 400 volunteers signed up as new settlers to this planet, could happen in around 20 years. Although it would be interesting for volunteers to go, this would mean a bleak future for them. And by a bleak future, I mean one without returning to Earth. These colonists would arrive at Mars and experience the new land unlike any other has, but they would be finishing out their lives there. Supplies could be sent every few months, but it would be impossible to return to their home planet.
Space plans like these have me baffled. Yes, there would be incredible new discoveries and it would be phenomenal to see the outcomes, but there would be an uprising in terms of moral issues. If there would be even one volunteer that changed their mind after the fact, a disaster would occur and the situation could culminate into a real-life science fiction horror. So, I say we stick with the plans that have been thought through and seem ideal in exploration.
With these ideas in place, the space program can only go forward in terms of its knowledge and research. There will continue to be better and better conceptions within the realm of space and technology, but to prove that it is a priority and will generate notice, we need to extend our funds to pull ourselves out of the sense of chaos our planet seems to be in currently.