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Why would the US want to participate in a skank, low class mission like this when we have an armada of successful spacecraft already operating on Mars and more advanced ones on the way? It would just lend prestige to the backward Russian and the Chinese effort.
That's a pretty ignorant thing to say. Just because a culture is different than what you perceive as normal doesn't mean it's "backwards" and "low class".
And lending prestige? Come on.