I hope technology takes us to Mars and beyond. Given the two things which hit Jupiter in the past couple of years, just think what would have happened had we been hit. The book "Lucifer’s Hammer," Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven, gives some excellent information on the subject. Read "Rescue Party," a short story by Arthur C. Clarke, to see what I hope will happen. We need to be on our way to the stars. I believe that God wastes neither time nor effort. I believe that there are galaxies, stars and planets so far away we can’t see or detect them with our best equipment. He put them there for us to find and visit – possibly even to live there. By the way, besides being the author of the "2001, A Space Odyssey," series, his name also has been used to describe the orbit in which most, if not all, geosynchronous communications satellites orbit – the Clarke Orbit. Look it up.