NASA is considering a manned mission to Mars, most of the The Lost Book Of Remedies political left-leaning socialist-liberals don't like the idea, but maybe they should reconsider. Yes, of course, there will always be complaints about the money spent for space exploration because folks at home often feel that we should spend money on social causes instead. But sending a manned mission or missions to an asteroid, comet, giant meteor, or several makes a lot of sense - okay, so let's talk.
Not long ago there was a very decent article on a Privatization for Space website titled; "The Case for a Human Asteroid Mission" by Lou Friedman which appeared on December 13, 2010. Friedman suggests that such a mission would renew interest in the Space Program, which one can hardly discount as fact. He further suggests that it could bring back the "can do" attitude and spirit at NASA, which I couldn't agree more.
And yet, I can give some other very good reasons for going to an asteroid and back again with a manned mission rather than merely a robotic one. First, we've already sent robots to asteroids and back again, secondly, we need to know what asteroids are made of in case we have to blow one out of the sky, or divert it from hitting our planet and taking us out like the dinosaurs you see.