How to get to Mars in 3 simple steps

An interesting read, but surprising.  I’m not educated enough to tell NASA they’re doing it wrong, I just wonder if they’re trying to do too much and taking baby steps in the wrong direction.  I guess as long as there is also a “How to send crap to Mars so we don’t have to take it with us” stage, I’ll be okay.  Even still, it’s exciting to think that mankind will touch Martian soil during my lifetime.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-nasa-wants-get-mars-180956895/