Pack your bags, folks. We’re going to Mars!

If you’ve wondered what humanity has to gain from a manned mission to the distant red planet of Mars, make sure to watch this enthusiastic speech from aerospace engineer Dr. Robert Zubrin.

“Societies are like individuals- we grow when we challenge ourselves, we stagnate when we do not.”

“Humans to Mars program would say to every kid in school today, “Learn your science and you could be an explorer of the new world.”

“500 years from now, people are not going to remember which faction came out on top in Iraq, or Syria, or whatever, . . . but they will remember what we do to make their civilization possible”

By the end of this video, you’ll be searching your house for materials to craft yourself a space suit.

Get pumped up and watch.

Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at