Proving that the space race isn't entirely dead, scientists have announced that while manned missions to Mars may still be some time away, manned missions to Mars' moons could happen within the next decade According to Pascal Lee of the Mars Institute:

They are the most accessible planetary bodies in our solar system. It's counterintuitive, but they're even easier to get to than Earth's Moon, for a robotic mission.


That's right; the space race isn't dead, it just has real problems with the concept of distance. Image of Phobos courtesy of ESA / DLR / FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

Mars's tiny moons - One small step for mankind? [New Scientist]