Once again, Europe is the sad big brother whose little brother's achievements have far surpassed his own and thus now spends half his time smoking and swearing at the little brother and the other half of his time trying to catch up. The European Space Agency has announced that they will put a man on mars
between 2030 and 2035.
However, an authority on the subject has voiced his concerns. Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise
stated that he "would like to see us get this place right first before we have the arrogance to put significantly flawed civilisations out onto other planets." He then went on to point out that the Federation did not establish a colony on Mars until 2203
which was 42 years after the founding of the Federation
, and given that Earth in the year 2004 yet to even establish contact with other planets, never mind form a union of Federation caliber, the mission must be aborted. However he did note that the Klingons should be consulted as they have much knowledge in the colonization of planets
2004: A Space Odyssey