NASA is driving a 1 ton rover on a planet millions of miles away. Producing outstanding pictures. In fact these pics alone to me are well worth their limited budget. Their details are amazing, and provide tons of data to scientist. Just read the posts here and you'll realize how much info it can be extracted from pics alone. Not to mention the fact that the current pics are so fantastic... It's like we are there!
Have you seen all the images??? Curiosity was in the middle of a frigging river, that was there, knee-deep, for an extended period of time! There are so many weird rocks/other stuff there... The place look like alive!
And on top of all that, the rover will perform multiple scientific experiments.
All this with a very very small budget.
Frankly, and no offense, I think the problem is that too many people don't recognize the beauty and awesomeness of this. They are asking the question "how does this help my life" where the real question they should ask is "how can I help accomplish this mission and have more missions"