This paper was originally presented at a Public Forum at the University of California, Los Angeles, on September 13, 1985. In it, the author suggests the time has come for the United States to announce that it intends to establish a permanent, self-sustaining colony on Mars. He outlines some of the technical difficulties to be considered, and then points out the following as some of the advantages of such a plan: (1) the engineering, planning, and designs for this program would support many near-term or parallel objectives, such as the space station, a lunar base, and space colonies; (2) there would be many opportunities for shared development with other countries, especially the Soviet Union; and (3) it will change man's view of himself and the world in which he lives.
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