It might become the mother of all reality shows. Fully 704 candidates are soon to begin competing for a trip to Mars to establish a colony there. Broadcasting rights are to fund the mission, but a return ticket is not part of the deal.
If his greatest wish is fulfilled, then Stephan Günther will one day die on Mars. He's already thought long and hard about the eventuality. He would like his companions to pack his remains in an airtight coffin before depositing him outside the colony among the rocks.
"Perhaps there are unknown forms of life on Mars," 45-year-old Günther says. "We can't just intervene."
That is quite a way to buy your 15 minutes of fame!