Ever thought about packing up and starting over some place new? Well how about 200 million miles away on another planet?
That’s exactly what over 100,00 applicants are hoping as they have all dropped down $38 thousand dollars for a one way ticket to Mars. Participants on the Mars One project, which is planned to start in 2022, would spend the rest of their lives on the Red Planet, CNN reports.
Mars One CEO and co-founder Bas Lansdorp said the first crew’s mission would cost $US6 billion, which would be paid for by sponsors and media companies in exchange for broadcasting rights of the group’s colonization of Mars.
“What we want to do is tell the story to the world. When humans go to Mars, when they settle on Mars and build a new Earth, a new planet. This is one of the most exciting things that ever happened, and we want to share the story with the entire world,” Mr Lansdorp said.
Project organizers only plan to pick 40 out of the thousands of applicants. Just four of them will participate in the first mission, which will leave in September 2022 and land in April 2023. Another group of four will leave two years later – but the catch is there is no return ticket, so you’d better like living in a giant bubble because there is no turning back.
Those chosen for the trip of a lifetime, must complete eight years of training, and will be required to carry almost 2500kgs of “useful load” to Mars. But that won’t include much water or oxygen – Mr Lansdorp says the astronauts will manufacture that on Mars.
“We will evaporate [water from Martian soil] and condense it back into its liquid state,” he said.
For more on the story, check out [CNN]