Half the time Bill Maher’s an ahole, but this time he’s right on the money about Elon Musk seeking to colonize Mars:
My good friend was a project manager for NASA over at JPL Laboratories and we discussed manned versus unmanned missions. Let me tell you, the fact is UNMANNED MISSIONS produced the great majority of new science from space than manned missions. NASA views manned missions as a fiscal necessity, because WITHOUT manned missions, it would be more difficult for NASA to get the kind of budgetary funding NASA wants. BUT FOR manned missions, NASA’s budget would be a school board sized budget, comparatively speaking.