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