A remarkable achievement, and everyone involved deserves a huge round of applause. But when are we going to get some humans on Mars? We're always told when one of these things touches down, that the next step is for humans, but like Achilles in Xeno's Paradox, we never seem to get there. I, for one, am tired of seeing what looks like a video game instead of an actual space program.
The next window for us to send something to Mars is in two years. And instead of having a flotilla of probes to pave the way for a manned mission in 2916, we've got nothing. Thanks Congress, for being a bunch of blind, muckeating idiots with no vision. Maybe you guys could try thinking about our future sometime?