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Over 100,000 sign up for one-way Mars trip


Posted on Sunday, 11 August, 2013 | Comment icon 32 comments


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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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Comment icon #23 Posted by Odd Requiem on 13 August, 2013, 21:49
considering my luck...or lack thereof, I would most likely get stuck with 3 people I completely despise. On the brighter side of things, I'd be Mars' first serial killer, therefor becoming imperial ruler/lone survivor. Almost tempting.
Comment icon #24 Posted by DONTEATUS on 13 August, 2013, 23:16
Now were thinking inside the Box ! Murder on Mars ! I see a mini-series on the Horizon !
Comment icon #25 Posted by moonshadow60 on 16 August, 2013, 22:33
You do realize it is a one-way trip. They could almost do that now, but nobody would survive the landing.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Nembus on 16 August, 2013, 23:32
I don't think they would send them there to die. Too much money gone to waste if so. I'm sure they have it all figured out before they send any volonteers. I'd sign as a colonist too, if everything was figured out. Just perhaps not for Mars as a destination .
Comment icon #27 Posted by moonshadow60 on 17 August, 2013, 0:08
They say it won't go until 9 or so years from now? Let's see; I will be 92 then. Think they would take me as a volunteer?
Comment icon #28 Posted by brlesq1 on 17 August, 2013, 23:12
Oh, I don't know. I think it could happen. But in the time allotted, I doubt it. It might not happen in my lifetime. But it sure is fun to think about.
Comment icon #29 Posted by promKing on 21 August, 2013, 7:02
I don't think this is more insane then people who sign-up to fight in the Middle East since that is mostly one way trip because either they kill you there (like they did Pat Tillman) or you come home and become completely insane because they made you do these horrific atrocities to innocent people. At least on Mars you do something positive.
Comment icon #30 Posted by Cercei on 26 August, 2013, 20:34
hmm, well I can just imagine who these people are, who have hundreds of thousands of dollars to play with, so hopefully they won't come back . . . ever. It's time they destroy a different planet for a change. ;)
Comment icon #31 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 26 August, 2013, 21:59
Well you are imagining totally wrongly (although you didn't have to imagine at all, the information is all here if you had taken time to read it before posting instead of leaping to incorrect conclusions). These are not super-rich people paying to go to Mars, these are ordinary people who have applied to be sent there. People who want to colonise a new world. People that are showing the same spirit that enabled mankind to explore this planet and beyond.
Comment icon #32 Posted by SkepticalB on 27 August, 2013, 2:15
Also one would be martian cult leader (thumbs up)


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