I'm shocked that we don't have a thread about that yet. America or not America, mankind has landed a robot on Mars. That's far. Far as balls.
I am not going to criticize the costs of the London Olympics, it's a really nice event and everybody has a right to spend their money on what they want, but: From a mankind-as-a-whole point of view, this is the most important step since the Moon landing.
Science fiction authors and actual scientists agree that for mankind to survive, mankind has to expand to other planets. Which reminds me of how a virus expands onto other hosts to survive, which just illustrates how cyclic the universe is.
That being said, we need a few more breakthroughs down here before space travel becomes as exciting as in the books. Waiting 16 hours for your signal to arrive there and waiting 16 hours more for a response to arrive here sounds really boring.
Luckily there are some quantum physics inventions or projects that could be applied there. Ever heard of teleportation? We kind of can do that with photons, by having two photos share the exact same properties no matter where they are.
Is anyone as excited as I am?