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Thousands around the world applying for one-way ticket to Mars
Phys.Org ^ | 05-09-2013 | Deborah Netburn

Posted on 05/09/2013 10:45:07 AM PDT by Red Badger

Do you dream of living on Mars? Then turn on your webcam. You've got an application video to make. Mars One, a Netherlands-based group that wants to turn the colonizing of Mars into a reality television phenomenon, has started accepting applications for its astronaut selection program.

In just two weeks, more than 78,000 people from more than 120 countries have applied.

You don't need previous experience in rocket science, astronomy or really anything to apply for the Mars One astronaut selection program - but you will need to be at least 18 years old and have nerves of steel.

Mars doesn't offer much in terms of human comforts: There's no running water, you can't breathe the air, the atmosphere won't protect you from harmful radiation and the surface temperature fluctuates wildly.

Also, the ticket that Mars One hopes to offer up is exclusively one way. Once you go, you won't be coming back.

Mars settlers wanted. Send audition tape. No, seriously.

Here in America it will cost you $38 to submit an application to apply.mars-one.com/. You will be asked to answer questions, including why you want to go to Mars and how you feel about never returning to Earth. You will also be asked to describe your sense of humor.

"What we are looking for is not restricted to a particular background," Norbert Kraft, the chief medical officer for the group, said in a statement. "From Round 1 we will take forward the most committed, creative, resilient and motivated applicants."

The plan is to have 28 to 40 candidates selected by 2015. Those candidates will train in groups for about seven years and eventually - if the project lasts that long - an audience will vote on which group will go to Mars.

But before you get too excited, keep in mind that Mars One still has a lot of fundraising and engineering ahead before its mission to Mars becomes a real possibility, co-founder Bas Landsorp told the Los Angeles Times last June.

He estimates it will cost $6 billion to fly people to Mars and make the planet habitable for them when they get there. He's hoping to raise part of those funds through the application process, and with a subsequent worldwide reality show.

Many applicants have made their application video public on the Mars One website and you can filter the videos by country of origin, age, gender and popularity.

As of now, the most popular application video was submitted by Anders, a 51-year-old man from Sweden.

Speaking calmly into his webcam with just slightly accented English, he explains why he wants to go Mars.

"Well, I often fantasize to just get on board a spaceship and go, to explore the universe," he says. "I often get the feeling that I don't belong here, but out there. In space."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Technical
KEYWORDS: immigration; mars; space; travel
Lets send the entire Congress...........
1 posted on 05/09/2013 10:45:07 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Hopefully it’s a bunch of eco-wack-a-doodles. They want to make gaia a better place then the best thing they can do is remove themselves from the equation. Bon Voyage asshats.


2 posted on 05/09/2013 10:48:37 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Red Badger
Sheesh ... The Mars Project, Who Want's To Be An Astronaut.

Wed and Thur 9 eastern 8 central

Check local listings

3 posted on 05/09/2013 10:49:21 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Red Badger

“To Mars, Alice!” Times have changed.


4 posted on 05/09/2013 10:50:00 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Red Badger

Along with the entire admin, a few recently retired politicians and SCOTUS.


5 posted on 05/09/2013 10:50:19 AM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: Red Badger

My husband would go.
His view: just to learn something no one else has known.


6 posted on 05/09/2013 10:50:39 AM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: Red Badger

Sounds like a Beatles song...

I think I’m gonna be sad,


7 posted on 05/09/2013 10:50:40 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Red Badger
Thousands around the world applying for one-way ticket to Mars

Hell, I'd buy a ticket for Harry Reid myself.

8 posted on 05/09/2013 10:51:26 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Blather. Reince. Repeat.)
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To: Red Badger
A trip to Mars?


See you at the party, Richter!
9 posted on 05/09/2013 10:53:09 AM PDT by needmorePaine
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To: Red Badger

Mars Needs Women!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNmwwz07ftA


10 posted on 05/09/2013 10:54:51 AM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Red Badger

11 posted on 05/09/2013 10:55:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rktman

>>>Hopefully it’s a bunch of eco-wack-a-doodles. They want to make gaia a better place then the best thing they can do is remove themselves from the equation. Bon Voyage asshats.<<<

Thanks! I’m one of those applying for the chance to colonize another planet. Maybe it’s the same part of my character that made living in the Alaskan wilderness so attractive... but this is a great opportunity to be a pioneer all over again. In my view, I’m leaving the asshats behind.


12 posted on 05/09/2013 10:56:21 AM PDT by redpoll
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To: dfwgator

Get your ass to Mars

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53ARrp7x4bQ


13 posted on 05/09/2013 10:57:24 AM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: needmorePaine

Can we nominate people.

Bill Clinton
Lindsey Lohan
Kim Kardashian
Nancy Pelosi
Harry Ried
Lindsey Graham
John McCain
Diane Sawyer
the whole crew at CNN
Geraldo

how many can i put on the one way ticket...


14 posted on 05/09/2013 10:58:45 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: redpoll

LOL! You better hope none of them sneak aboard so they can make thing “right” on mars.


15 posted on 05/09/2013 10:59:02 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: redpoll

I want to go because, “Mars needs blacksmiths!”.


16 posted on 05/09/2013 10:59:24 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: redpoll

Yes, you will be leaving many behind, but you could be strapped into a cargo hold full of them too.


17 posted on 05/09/2013 10:59:30 AM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: Red Badger

Buh-bye folks.


18 posted on 05/09/2013 11:02:07 AM PDT by married21
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To: rktman

>>>LOL! You better hope none of them sneak aboard so they can make thing “right” on mars.<<<

There’s an old saying by Robert Heinlein that there are only two types of people - those who want to tell other people what to do, and those who feel no such compulsion. It looks to me that we’ve been stuck with this for thousands of years, and maybe longer, and I don’t think it’ll be any different colonizing the solar system. *sigh* It’ll just be a cosmic expression of “my neighbor’s a jerk.”


19 posted on 05/09/2013 11:02:51 AM PDT by redpoll
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To: rktman

I FORGOT the man that would save mars from global warming

Al Gore

I would love him to jump from a balloon from 60,000 feet with no parachute with a webcam on his face.....


20 posted on 05/09/2013 11:04:15 AM PDT by Baseballguy (If we knew what we know now in Oct would we do anything different?)
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To: Darteaus94025
Yes, you will be leaving many behind, but you could be strapped into a cargo hold full of them too.

So true! Imagine being on a plane sitting between two asshats, who are obnoxious gays. Stroking your knee while cooing in your ear. Only thing is, this rides takes weeks not hours.

21 posted on 05/09/2013 11:05:48 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: Red Badger

Don’t forget 0bama and his cabinet.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 11:05:54 AM PDT by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: Red Badger

Let’s send the entire “religion of peace” there so they can declare that the entire planet is in submission to their false god.


23 posted on 05/09/2013 11:06:59 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Red Badger
A lot of these people will change their minds if they are ever approved.
24 posted on 05/09/2013 11:10:19 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Baseballguy

He al-one could fill a BUNCH of hot air balloons just by being in their presence. Didn’t he invent Mars?


25 posted on 05/09/2013 11:12:09 AM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: Red Badger

Man are they going to be surprised that it is a dead rock.


26 posted on 05/09/2013 11:15:49 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: Red Badger

Send Congres....lol.... You beat me to it.


27 posted on 05/09/2013 11:38:51 AM PDT by Alex in chains
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...as long as that pesky Dr. Smith doesn’t sneak aboard.


29 posted on 05/09/2013 12:02:53 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis Fugit.)
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To: Red Badger

As I read through the news, I can’t help but think that Congress is here to stay along with the rest of the corrupt and incompetent. Going to Mars is starting to look good.


30 posted on 05/09/2013 12:06:28 PM PDT by GingisK
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To: Red Badger

Don’t forget also the Senate and the Usurper and his Wookie. Awww I can smell the United States clean =)


31 posted on 05/09/2013 12:15:14 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Baseballguy
how many can i put on the one way ticket...

If they agree to kick 'em out halfway there in space, can we nominate more?

32 posted on 05/09/2013 1:31:23 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Red Badger

I nominate all of Chicago. Go big.


33 posted on 05/09/2013 1:31:58 PM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: Red Badger

I think we should make a super big space ship, load it with all the lawyers, politicians, bureaucrats, hair dressers, homos - all the truly important people. Send them to Mars first, so that when the unimportant people arrive - you know, farmers, inventors, engineers, construction workers, etc - the producers - there would be enough infrastructure and rules in place.

Of course, it might take a while for the second spaceship to lift off.


34 posted on 05/09/2013 1:37:33 PM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: rigelkentaurus

hair dressers?......


35 posted on 05/09/2013 1:38:51 PM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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