With the new mars rover in the headlines I started to think about the future of space exploration recently. The thing that annoys me is that people are so hungry for results that they are not willing to invest more in exploration without them, when the whole purpose of exploration is to find those results. There is a paradox going on in the space industry and it will take a revolutionary discovery to push through it. I really hope that the new mars rover finds something, anything at all of value to the human race which could fuel more funds towards exploration. There is the possibility that it could find traces of life on the barren planet, however I think that unless intelligent life is found, it wouldn't have that much of an impact on general society. I think the real hope lies in the rover finding something else, with economic value. If the rover were to find oil, natural gas, gold, or any other substance that we so desperately search for on our own planet, I think that it would be just what we need to stimulate a revolution in space exploration. Does anyone have any hypotheses as to what will happen and the impact it will have on our world?