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Applicants wanted for one-way Mars trip

Posted on Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 | Comment icon 166 comments | News tip by: keithisco

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Mars One has announced the imminent availability of placements on its ambitious one-way mission to Mars.

The Dutch organization is looking for volunteers to travel to the Red Planet and to settle there on a permanent basis with no immediate way to get back. Despite this fact, thousands of people have already applied for the voyage. Unlike agencies such as NASA who will only launch a mission if the astronauts have a way to return home afterwards, the privately funded Mars One project openly acknowledges that the technology simply isn't there to return its astronauts to the Earth. Instead, anyone who goes to Mars would be on their own and would rely on founding a settlement on the planet to survive.

Mars One will be broadcasting many aspects of the project, including the astronaut selection process, via a reality TV format. It is hoped that this will help to fund the mission as well as to encourage private companies to invest. The trip is not without its risks of course - not only will the astronauts be stranded on Mars but they'll be exposed to cosmic radiation and be subjected to all manner of untested conditions.

Not everyone is convinced that what Mars One is proposing will be possible with current technology. "I have no doubt that we could physically place a human being on Mars," said Dr Veronica Bray of the University of Arizona. "Whether they'd be able to survive for an extended period of time is much more doubtful."

"Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently."

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Comment icon #157 Posted by Dark_Grey on 9 May, 2013, 16:19
"If you wanna make an omelet, you gotta break some eggs." - Tyler Durden
Comment icon #158 Posted by seeder on 9 May, 2013, 16:30
sorry but this creased me up, at a max altitude of barely 20 feet and a first flight that lasted 12 seconds, over the water, I dont think they were in any grave danger at all to be honest! Or maybe they might have got a bit wet as a worst outcome The trip to mars tho? Never been done before. And while its an interesting concept, they will die on Mars. And maybe after not very long too. Its all well and good to be enthusiastic about it, but the reality is, its totally inhospitable to life, totally freezing all the time. And to spend your life in a little pod, for as long as you li... [More]
Comment icon #159 Posted by DONTEATUS on 9 May, 2013, 18:19
Well Waspie Its not a disrespect for Life Its a Respect for the Ones that chose to Go and there right knowing they will die there. Not A lack of respect from me. I know they will die there, you know too. Its there choice . That shows the strongest Heart to explore. There will be many,many more that some day will venture out . Many will Die ! Remember our past It applies to our future also. Exploration is very dangerous. So I will change Rats ass to Good Luck future explorers and people . Its really going to be Something watching you on the Tube ! Sorry Waspie I was still on Smack ta... [More]
Comment icon #160 Posted by danielost on 9 May, 2013, 20:14
They crashed and destroyed their flyer on the third flight that day.
Comment icon #161 Posted by seeder on 9 May, 2013, 20:24
Really? Got a link to that info? Did anyone die then?
Comment icon #162 Posted by danielost on 9 May, 2013, 20:46
I was wrog they didn't crash. But the wind did come up after their fourth flight and destroyed the flyer. But they flew 120 feet above the ground for 12 seconds.
Comment icon #163 Posted by seeder on 9 May, 2013, 21:10
Great link thanks. But Im not so keen on reading a page about the History of the Swastika (?) .
Comment icon #164 Posted by orion43 on 18 May, 2013, 3:08
Sure, because there have been 0 casualties to date from either of these organizations... Safer, maybe, but if people are willing to sacrifice themselves to do this, why do you care? You can sit home and watch on TV
Comment icon #165 Posted by DONTEATUS on 18 May, 2013, 3:25
Exactly the point "orion" Waspie got all over me for that ! But What the hey ! People die every day,I see no end to that any time in the near or far Future ! Im all for a Mars mission ! As Long as theres a good link ,cam`s and audio ! It will Rock the Air waves !
Comment icon #166 Posted by GirlfromOz on 18 May, 2013, 13:51
Like I said before,NASA wants suicidal beings manning their Mars mission.NASA stands for 'Need Another Seven Astronauts'. The last seven astronauts died upon re-entry to earth.They need another seven that are going to live a life on Mars & die when things go wrong.No-one is going to be there to help them.They will be on their own.

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