You've probably heard about Mars One.
A dutch based marketing outfit that wants to establish a Colony on Mars by 2025.
But how you gonna pay for it?
The price tag: 6 billion bucks to be raised through sponsors, private investors and
a reality tv show. (The latter should be a red flag already that this ain't a good idea).
From what I've read, the qualifications for applicants for the trip are minimal.
And apparently, six Canadians are in the running among the 100 finalists.
( Justin Trudeau is not one of them.)
According to former Canadian astronaut, Julie Payette, "we don't presently have
the technology to go to Mars".
Now I trust Julie, She know's what she's talking about.
And she's not talking out of her hat.
Sure, eventually we will get to Mars and that will likely be on a commercial basis
according to Payette.
Mars is visible right now, and your best bet is to take a look at it through a telescope.
PS You'll need some good eyepieces to look at Mars through your telescope. Have you
heard about the New Meade Mega Wide angle eyepieces with a 100 degree apparent field of view?