President Obama has written an op-ed calling for NASA and private companies to collaborate in an effort to send humans to Mars. Yes, this is the same Obama who has previously been diverting NASA's resources away from Mars exploration and toward climate research and outreach programs.
Read more at the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Daily Signal and Obama's op-ed itself at CNN. In the event that the president's newly-embraced goal is achieved, some time in the future, I would have one piece of advise to whoever gets to explore the red planet. Keep in mind that as an earthling on Mars, you are the alien.