currently we do have the technology to go there it would take roughly 6 months to get there and 6 months to get back. the main issue really is money with alot of the major space exploration nations suffering some what of an economic down turn there is less motivation to go there. there has been talks of sending a manned mission to mars that is one way, this being that the person going would not come back. this is because it would be far cheaper, but there is obviously a massive ethical issue with this idea. in reality we are probably looking at atleast 15-20yrs before a real# manned flight to mars will happen.