Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Price of Fame – One way ticket to Mars

What price would you pay to be famous? To be clear, I’m not talking about front page Reddit kind of fame, nut-shot viral video fame, or even Kardashian style “fame” (whatever the hell that means).  I’m talking about the “little kids want to be you when they grow up” kind of fame. Would you give up privacy? Sure, that seems to be pretty standard for famous people. What about control of your life? The President seems to have VERY little control, so…okay.  But, what about your ACTUAL life? All of your friendships, family connections, and possibly ever touching another human being again before you ultimately pass on (hopefully, riding a unicorn to have dinner with Jesus, Lincoln, and Chris Farley)?  Uhhhhhhh…..  200,000 people said YES to that exact question. They said yes to go on a ONE WAY trip to Mars.

Mars One is a private group trying to whittle that list of 200,000 to a small handful that (they say) will ultimately train and be blasted off on a one way trip to Mars – never to be seen again. The reason for the one way trip is that getting people back to Earth nearly (but not totally) doubles the cost of the trip. There is lots of chatter back and forth on if it is real or a PR stunt, but for the purposes of my fake blog, we’re all going to assume this is happening.

As I put on my “pretend time hat” that I wear whenever I buy a lottery ticket or tweet at a celebrity and expect a response, I can’t help but be REALLY surprised at how many people are willing to do this.  A Washington Post article profiled a few of them and, to my surprise, they weren’t all felons, hermits, or space nerds. Most of them seemed to be adventurous, have a bit of wanderlust, or frankly…. just wanted to be famous.

Personally, that seems like an awfully large price to pay to have a bunch of elementary and middle schools named after you. If even that! I know the first person on the moon, but I have no clue who the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound was.  For that matter, when you’re on Mars, it isn’t like you get to enjoy all of your notoriety.  You know, because of the little detail of BEING ON MARS.

Bye bye little dude!
I really like the life that I’ve carved out on Earth and would be really hard pressed to jump into something like this. I assume that you’d be able to email back and forth with people back home, but other than that, I’d guess it would get really lonely REALLY fast. I suppose you could also assume that eventually someone would build a ship big enough to take you home, but that is an awfully big “maybe” that would probably drive me space-insane (likelyleading me to believe that I was having dinner with Jesus, Lincoln, and Chris Farley).  But, I’m risk averse by nature and my kid is REALLY cute, so maybe I’m in the minority.

Using the ubiquitous blog question construct: Am I alone here or would anyone out there on the interwebs actually sign up for this??  



10 comments:

Stephanie Rafferty said...

My daughter's 8th grade science teacher was on the list until last week. He was in the last 1000 or so applicants. He just got cut. Nice guy with a nice family, but to me that's still a little kooky!

Elaine said...

That is just crazy! I wouldn't want to do it, but I do have a few people I'd like to put in the list!

Emily H said...

I'd be super offended if my significant other signed up for such a trip. How can people with families decide it's OK with them to abandon everyone they love??

Anyway, I am much too delicate to be a space pioneer. I don't even like to go camping.

Sue's Ramblings said...

Nope, I like my life here just nice.

fueledbylolz.com said...

I agree that it's so crazy and not worth it. I LOLed at Elaine's comment though.

I don't like flying in general...so flying to a probably death wouldn't be my thing...

T-Rex Runner said...

I tend to think of myself as pretty adventurous, but I'm irrationally terrified of outer space. Like, reading this post almost gave me a panic attack. That said, I would totally go on a one way trip to like Mongolia or something, as long as AJ could come, because he is a babe.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I'd rather just sit in my house and get away from people that way.

Flaming June said...

I'm with Emily H - don't even like camping.
Plus, being famous sounds like a nightmare anyway. I actually get really anxious when I meet/see famous people because I feel so sorry for them!
Btw, love your blog and read every post... even the infrequent ones throughout 2014 :)

Rebecca said...

Yeager. A guy named Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier. He has an autobiography with the original title of "Yeager: An Autobiography" and it is awesome! In all your spare time, check it out. Spoiler alert: he was so not in it for the fame!

Jamoosh said...

I'm in!
Wait, is there beer on Mars...





I'm out!