The fact that there's no way to get home again has done little to stop people signing up in their droves.
The highly ambitious Mars One project aims to not only send humans to Mars but to have them live there indefinitely. With a tentative launch date that is only nine years from now, many argue that the technology simply isn't going to be ready to initiate such a mission at a time long before any of the world's space agencies have even been able to send a manned mission to orbit Mars, let alone to land on the surface and set up home.
Over 100,000 people have applied for the trip and these will be narrowed down to a select group of just 40 of which only four will earn seats on the first mission in 2022. "What we want to do is tell the story to the world. When humans go to Mars, when they settle on Mars and build a new Earth, a new planet," said chief executive Bas Lansdorp who estimates the first trip will cost around $6bn. "This is one of the most exciting things that ever happened, and we want to share the story with the entire world."
"The chance to colonise a new planet sounds like something from Star Trek, but early settlers need to accept that they are unlikely to see Earth again."
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Source: IB Times
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