20,000 people have already applied for a one-way mission to Mars

io9:

In the first three days of accepting applications, the Mars One project has received a whopping 20,000 applications, with more than 600 coming from China alone. The project plans to send a select group of colonists to the Red Planet for permanent settlement — with permanent being the key word. The Dutch aerospace project, which is aiming to put four humans on Mars by 2023, started accepting applications and audition tapes early last week.

No chance they make that very ambitious schedule but it’s good to dream. One question: Would you go on the one way trip if it was offered?



  • matthewmaurice

    I prefer to stay here on Earth, but I’d love to recommend some others for a spot on the trip to Mars.

    • CapnVan

      You beat me to it. I’ve got more than enough suggestions to keep the selection committee busy through 2023.