78,000 to live on Mars? In just 15 days, 78,000 people expressed their willingness to travel to Mars and never come back to Earth as part of the Mars One reality TV show. As the Christian Science Monitor explained on May 9, the mission aims to land four people on the Red Planet in the year 2023 as the pioneers of a permanent colony, with more astronauts arriving every two years thereafter.
“With 78,000 applications in two weeks, this is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” Mars One CEO and co-founder Bas Lansdorp said in a statement. “These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants.”
Apparently, there is no shortage of people who want to live on Mars since they have received an impressive 78,000 applicants so far.
The journey to Mars with only a one-way ticket is an idea that has matured for years by a nonprofit organization, which launched its plans a year ago last April and opened registration for the selection of volunteers. Though the initial group will not set foot on Martian soil until 2023, they will require extensive training before going. In 2025 a second group will join with more people entering Phase 2 training for seven years, in which they will adapt to life on the Red Planet.
“They should realize that if this project is successful, they won’t be coming back,” former NASA researcher Norbert Kraft, Mars One’s medical director, said. “Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria for selection,” he added.
Kraft also stated that it is necessary to know how each astronaut is able to work and live with others and determine their capacity to face a lifetime filled with challenges, he said, therefore people will be selected according to their physical and mental health and will need to show strong signs of traits like resilience, adaptability, curiosity, trust in others and creativity.
Nasa has warned the 78,000 applicants of the dangers of the journey. For example, they estimate that the 1,000-day mission to the planet increases their chance of developing cancer almost 19 percent.
While some may think the desire of the 78,000 applicants to live on Mars is ludicrous, others liike Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX, believe that the only way for humans to survive is by traveling to other worlds. He believes the day will come when Earth is not habitable and therefore he encourages the mission.
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