Life on Mars: would you leave it all behind? 7



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Consider this question: if we can look up from Earth and know that human beings are living on another planet, will we ever again be able to tell ourselves that there is anything we can’t do?

Can you imagine never seeing the Earth again? Having to go away from family and friends for the rest of your life? This is a very real possibility for 100 hopefuls who have been shortlisted in the third round of cuts for the Mars One mission.

The mission to Mars, our closest planetary neighbour, is set to launch in 2025. With a travel time of just over nine months, one can only imagine how the crew will behave on the long journey. For those on board, it is a one way journey with no option of ever returning home.

The 100 people shortlisted on the 16th of February will be reduced to just 24 people by 2025, 12 men and 12 women, in order to be the very first people to ever set foot on an alien world.

Once there it will be up to these ordinary citizens to use their intense Mars One training to set up the colony in which they can live.

Out of 202,586 applicants, seven of the shortlisted people are Australian, 33 from the US, 31 from Europe, 16 from Asia, seven from Africa and six from Oceania.

Many people believe that the applicants must be crazy or deluded in some way. The mission has sparked debate as to whether such people can successfully build a whole new society. Would you be willing to do it?

Crazy or not, the Mars One mission is hoping to reignite people’s interest in space, similar to how the Moon landing did nearly 50 years ago today.

Check out the promotional video for the Mars One mission:

Do you think this is a good idea? Do you think it will get people excited about space travel again? Would you travel to Mars? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. As I will be 85 by blast off I’d better give it a miss. If I were around 30 and single I would be tempted but I don’t think I would have the knowledge or ability to contribute anything that would put me on the list

  2. Very brave to do it, it worries me that our planet is closer to its end than people are admitting.

  3. By comparison, we have the intrepid explorers of Antarctica who crossed the oceans to set up bases in hostile living conditions, uncertain if they would survive and return home (although that was on the agenda). Even the early European settlers in America and Australia, suffered the isolation of distance and threats to survival these folks will have, many without planning to return.
    If the human race is to survive maybe we need to have these special “superhumans” go off planet, having learnt from the mistakes. Good luck to them!

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