Whitehouse Press secretary Scott McClellan, told reporters today that the real reason for this sudden mars exploration plan was all due to a mistake.
"well it all started when Bush and Cheney made a rare visit to the NASA launching pad at coco beach Florida. Apparently George made a bet to Dick "I'll bet you one hundred dollars you cant crawl into that rocket tub" and you know George he hates to loose a bet.
He locked him in there with the rover, told them to launch the cocky bastard.
For the last five months the Dick that you have grown to love was replaced by his evil secret twin brother Melvin.
"I'm awful sorry about this, but the guy did make a monkey out of me" Bush said. NASA told reporters they are planning a rescue mission a NASA scientist said that after consulting with Cheney's doctors they feel he can survive on this own body fat and cholesterol for at least 18 months.
Such a mission will be started this spring