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Thread: Mars One - Would You Go?

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    I just read an interesting article about a project to colonize Mars by 2023.

    Its a one way ticket but a sure place in history. Apparently anyone can apply; its only 38$.

    Would you leave Earth for life on Mars?


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    This is about the thousandth time I've seen this message posted. Why would anyone be allowed to commit suicide because that's what your doing to anyone who does this. Why not stop stirring the pot with such stupid questions, over and over?


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    you really just equated colonizing mars to committing suicide?....or are you saying there's no way we could do this without dying in the process?
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    2023 is extremely unlikely!!!
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    i think it's possible. i believe we have the knowledge and technology to do it, but just like anything else, we need money to do it. funding is key. also, remember, this particular company is only offering a one way trip. getting things there is the "easy" part, getting them back would be tricky. in this case, we wouldn't have to worry about them coming back.
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    Can we nominate other people?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mat5592 View Post
    Because they know we would nominate people to go that even Mars doesn't want.
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    No. Hard vacuum and hard radiation getting there and not much better when (if) you arrive. The High Altiplano or Antarctica sounds more inviting - more available and usable resources and better weather and air to breathe - just lacking the sci-fi hype to make a hellish place sound like an interesting and exciting frontier full of possibilities.
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    There is a part of me that resists the idea of going purely for sentimental reasons. Earth is Home.
    But there is a part of me, too, that would leap at the chance.
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    if i didn't have family, friends, and plans for life on earth, i might consider it. big maybe. i like earth, and have no reason to leave it (i would if i was guaranteed to come back, sure), and to add to that i'm not in any way qualified to make this trip as far as education goes. it would be cool to make history though.
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    to be honest if proper safety equipment,.food, provisions and the possibility of mission abort before death were available and if it didnt seem completely like a hoax. Then it would be an adventure I might consider. I think it would be awesome exploring a completely new environment
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiveworlds View Post
    to be honest if proper safety equipment,.food, provisions and the possibility of mission abort before death were available and if it didnt seem completely like a hoax. Then it would be an adventure I might consider. I think it would be awesome exploring a completely new environment
    all this for $38
    does something seem a tad odd here?
    does anything about the above not seem a tad odd?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    all this for $38
    Uh, that's the application fee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
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    all this for $38
    Uh, that's the application fee.
    Yeah, I think some people choose not to read things
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    and then?

    actually, i did read it and found no further mention of $

    so------starting from known ($38 ap.fee) data
    one wonders
    whither hence

    Anyone wanna send in their $38 today?
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    And then they 'cancel' the mission and use everyone's $38 application fees to buy a beach and quite a lot of martinis.
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    or , use it to pay for some quality time with a local shrink
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    you obviously didn't read too much into it. the application fee varies, by country, from $5 to $73. would you really want to filter through thousands of applicants that aren't even serious? logic tells me someone will be spending their time to go through the applications, and guess what, time is money. maybe you should read through the site instead of asking questions that have already been answered.
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    perhaps
    I'm just incapable of taking this seriously

    so, mat#s
    you planning on going?
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    refer to post #11
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    Not going to happen in 2023. Maybe in another 100 years. Even then, the first attempts will fail.
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    Earth is far more interesting than Mars. Going there would be like taking a vacation to the Sahara. After a few hours you say, "Damn, this weather sucks. Why the hell did I want to come here?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    Earth is far more interesting than Mars. Going there would be like taking a vacation to the Sahara. After a few hours you say, "Damn, this weather sucks. Why the hell did I want to come here?"
    I think that this is very true- a lot of people that are eager to go are not thinking long term. You might miss white sandy beaches, after all...
    But I think a lot of those people have considered that and decided it is their thing, anyway. Consider people that move to Alaska, far out in the boonies. Many people might think that's craziness, getting away from WalMart and McDonalds like that...
    There is some appeal in the idea that WalMart will be a minimum of 56,000,000 kilometers away.
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    you get there and in 20 years or less the interest back "home" has waned and they can't be bothered sending a resupply ship and you've no way of getting back. hell look how quickly people lost interest in apollo.
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    I'd like to place the notion that everyone within the U.S government should attend this chivalrous expedition to Mars.
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    Other than my loyalty to a sick wife, I'd go without reservation.
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    Several posters have voiced the idea it is a scam. Easy to see considering that you submit an application fee; but the application fee is understandable, as well. Many applicants would not make it through and it's not cheap to sort through and research them all. Especially considering that fees would be incurred from other agencies for the processing.

    Since it is an unlikely proposition, and years out- what are the chances that all of the applicants would be rendered obsolete, wash out, change their minds or be declined and what are the chances that that means the proposal is probably purely a scam?
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    Maybe they should try building a self contained environment on earth first. Biosphere 2 was a huge disaster, and that was on the super friendly earth.
    Biosphere 2 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Flick Montana View Post
    Earth is far more interesting than Mars. Going there would be like taking a vacation to the Sahara. After a few hours you say, "Damn, this weather sucks. Why the hell did I want to come here?"
    I think that this is very true- a lot of people that are eager to go are not thinking long term. You might miss white sandy beaches, after all...
    But I think a lot of those people have considered that and decided it is their thing, anyway. Consider people that move to Alaska, far out in the boonies. Many people might think that's craziness, getting away from WalMart and McDonalds like that...
    There is some appeal in the idea that WalMart will be a minimum of 56,000,000 kilometers away.
    Don't get me wrong, I'd love to go there just for the novelty of having stepped foot on another world. I wouldn't mind doing some research at one of the poles, either. But I'd want to come home. I know this because I never want to stay anywhere I travel for long. Eventually, I just want to sit on my old couch.

    I agree with you that some people would love to go there, but I wonder what kind of contributions those kinds of people would make that would justify sending them there.
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