You would think that there was some type of cross-promotion with Star Trek: Into Darkness for this outrageous story… but there isn’t. Thousands are getting the opporutinty to participate in a privately funded colonization of Mars. Yes, that Mars. The program named Mars One will send four lucky (or unlucky depending on your point of view) people to Mars in 2023.
Once those four have established a small colony they will send another wave of people. The process is currently in its infancy. They are still receiving applicants (current number is around 78,000) from over 120 countries. Note that these people aren’t your Buzz Aldrins or Neil Armstrongs of the world. They are not required to have any previous NASA experience or formal training.
The plan is to record the teams training and have the audience ultimately pick who will go to Mars. It’s reality TV. There will also be a video feed of the astronauts while they are on Mars.
Here’s the kicker – the astronauts will have a one-way ticket. That’s right. There is no coming back after liftoff. This is one of the most outrageous things we have ever heard of and we dare you to do one better.