EDITORIAL: With Trump promise to land on Mars, space race is on again


Politicking is about possibilities and promises, and President Trump used both in opening his bid for re-election. The most ambitious item in the category of “promises made, promises kept” is preparing astronauts for a trip to Mars.

The president described a flurry of goals for his second term: “We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases, including cancer and others, and we’re getting closer all the time. We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all, and we’re very close. We will lay the foundation for landing American astronauts on the surface of Mars and, above all, we will never stop fighting for the values that hold us together.”

Small goals and timid dreams have no power to inspire anyone, as the philosophers say, and making off for Mars holds the greatest opportunity for an epochal leap forward, not just for

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