Yeah, we're space geeks. Have been since the 1960s, when the United States was in hot competition with the Soviet Union to get to the moon and back. Both countries tried in 1969. Apollo 11 made it. The unmanned Luna 15 did not.
From that point to this one, and we're still advocates of sending machines and humans into space. Why the U.S. hasn't landed men and women on Mars, we'll never know. For now, we'll settle on Spirit and Opportunity, the rovers that landed on Mars in January 2004.
Coming up on two years, and the rovers still rock, sending back images that make us want more. Their missions were supposed to last about six months. Next time someone tries to tell you how the government never does anything right, point out the Martian rovers.