Sep 12 2013
I’m pretty skeptical about Mars One, a project which promises to set up a colony on Mars in 2023 with the help of civilian space flight outfit, Space X. I’d love to believe it’s going to happen, but I’ve sort of lost faith in our planet’s desire to explore the galaxy as we’re too preoccupied with our own terrestrial squabbles.
But if they did it? Amazing. And 200,000 other people think so too. That’s how many applied for the mission to Mars, so there are a lot of would-be explorers out there.
It’s a one-way trip.
That’s right. While it may be possible to get to Mars, it’s not in the cards for them to come home. And 200,000 people still want to do it. Would you?
A few years ago, I would have probably said yes in a heartbeat. I’m more than obsessed with space, and you would become an eternal legend as a Mars martyr. But now that I’m married, and looking to start a family at some point, it’s a lot harder to put glory and adventure before those who count on me.
What I don’t quite understand is how long this mission lasts? I’m guessing they’re not going to die of old age out there. When they run out of food, water or air, they just what, take a cyanide pill? As amazing as it would be to have humans land on Mars, it might crush the world’s spirit to watch them commit mass suicide afterward.
That said, I hope this happens, I really do.
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