Who has not ever seen a Martian movie? Mars has ever been the preferred planet to go and discover because of the proximity to the Earth and because popular tradition has always pointed the possibility of the existence of life in that planet.
Many people think that colonizing Mars could be, at the end, something really achievable and not so distant anymore. For people like Elon Musk colonizing Mars can be a hedge against WWIII and help human species to survive by releasing the planet Earth from overpopulation and seizing Mars natural resources, helping both, Colonizers and Earthlings, to survive and develop.
On the other hand, many people think that colonizing the Red Planet could be potentially harmful for planet Earth(long-term). They think that the proces of colonization could lead to a War between Earth and Mars for the control of natural resources and gaining independence. One way or another it seems that humanity has taken safe steps towards Mars colonization and from my point of view there is much more gain than loose in the upcoming process of colonization of our neighbour planet.
What do you think: could we see the process of Mars colonization in upcoming years? Should Mars be independent from Earth? Could Colonization avoid a 3rd World War or, long-term, could start a war between two planets even worse than past World Wars?
…a bit futuristic here but i would love to hear your thoughts regarding this!