Skip to comments.Thousands around the world applying for one-way ticket to Mars
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."
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.
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“To Mars, Alice!” Times have changed.
Along with the entire admin, a few recently retired politicians and SCOTUS.
My husband would go.
His view: just to learn something no one else has known.
Sounds like a Beatles song...
I think I’m gonna be sad,
Hell, I'd buy a ticket for Harry Reid myself.
Mars Needs Women!
>>>Hopefully its 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.
Get your ass to Mars
Can we nominate people.
the whole crew at CNN
how many can i put on the one way ticket...
LOL! You better hope none of them sneak aboard so they can make thing “right” on mars.
I want to go because, “Mars needs blacksmiths!”.
Yes, you will be leaving many behind, but you could be strapped into a cargo hold full of them too.
>>>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.”
I FORGOT the man that would save mars from global warming
I would love him to jump from a balloon from 60,000 feet with no parachute with a webcam on his face.....
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.
Don’t forget 0bama and his cabinet.
Let’s send the entire “religion of peace” there so they can declare that the entire planet is in submission to their false god.
He al-one could fill a BUNCH of hot air balloons just by being in their presence. Didn’t he invent Mars?
Man are they going to be surprised that it is a dead rock.
Send Congres....lol.... You beat me to it.
...as long as that pesky Dr. Smith doesn’t sneak aboard.
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.
Don’t forget also the Senate and the Usurper and his Wookie. Awww I can smell the United States clean =)
If they agree to kick 'em out halfway there in space, can we nominate more?
I nominate all of Chicago. Go big.
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.