200,000 people have a death wish, sign up for one-way trip to Mars — literally

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It looks like many people are tired of life on earth and I don’t blame them. With all kinds of pollutions and natural disasters, life on earth is getting harder day by day, which is why I am not surprised to hear over 200,000 people signed up for the private Mars One mission.

Oh who am I kidding. I’m sure post of these people just wanted to say “first” once they landed on the red planet.

A selection committee for the Mars On mission will select between 24 to 40 people to participate a seven-year training program starting in 2015, so most of these astronaut hopefuls won’t make it. The company even has plans to launch a TV show to choose the participants, because, you know, today’s reality TV shows aren’t good enough.

Once the training is complete, Mars One will work with SpaceX to send “the prospective Martian settlers” to Mars in teams of four, beginning in 2023. We just hope they will realize that it’d be nearly impossible for them to get a fresh bottle of beer on Mars or to catch up on their favourite TV shows.

Would you go die live on Mars if you had a chance? Let us know in the comment section below.

[via Geekologie, Salon]

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11 comments

  1. Darcy

    Currently astronauts spend close to 90% of their time on operations designed just to keep themselves alive (per my brother the Astrophysicist, who keeps up on these things). Doesn’t leave a lot of time for anything else. Would living on Mars be any different? I think not. I would probably go though, and if they were trying to set up operations in the Asteroid Belt I’m almost certain I would. =)

  2. Mary

    Earth has oxygen. Mars does not. I think I’d rather explore where I can breathe, hack my brains out, etc….. And the beer is a plus ( or a must) (Toilet paper too!)

    I kinda like gravity too. Keeps me grounded! :) har har

    One way ticket to Hawaii, and I’d jump on it in a heart beat!

  3. etim

    [@dtwill08] Yeah, but they’d all stink more or less the same–what with everyone on the same diet.
    Or maybe they’d have to separate the sexes to minimize the guy/gal stink differences.
    I wonder what the plans are re: reproduction as to considerations for their progeny?
    Ooh–”Stranger in a Strange Land”.

  4. kevbo

    We’re humans, its in our make-up to do these type of things.

    Due to the exponential advance in technologies we have seen in the last 50 years, and our comfort level in relying on that technology, I think it was probably a lot more daunting for those explorers to jump into their watercraft and head out to the vast unknown hundreds of years ago, than it is for someone nowadays to consider a trip to Mars.

    I’d strongly consider signing up if I was 30 years younger, single, …