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At Least 78,000 Want Off Earth, Sign Up For One-Way Ticket To Mars

An application went out two weeks ago from a Dutch non-profit organization called Mars One. They were looking for a few people who want to go to Mars. Forever. They had 78,000 people respond. 

“Just two weeks into the nineteen week application period, more than seventy-eight thousand people have applied to the Mars One astronaut selection program in the hope of becoming a Mars settler in 2023,” writes Mars One. “[We've] received applications from over 120 countries. Most applications come from USA (17324), followed by China (10241), United Kingdom (3581), Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and India.”

But what will you do if you’re chosen and eventually wind up on the Red Planet? “The organization says that the daily routine on the planet would involve construction work on the colony (installing greenhouses, for example), maintenance of the settlement’s systems and research into Mars’ climate and geological history–all in an inhospitable environment with unbreathable air and an average temperature in the planet’s mid-latitudes of around -58 degrees Fahrenheit,” writes Time Magazine.

Are you interested? Here are a few things you need to know:

As part of the application every applicant is required to explain his/her motivation behind their decision go to Mars in an one minute video. Many applicants are choosing to publish this video on the Mars One website. These are openly accessible on

“Applicants we have received come from a very wide range of personalities, professions and ages. This is significant because what we are looking for is not restricted to a particular background. From Round 1 we will take forward the most committed, creative, resilient and motivated applicants,” said Dr. Norbert Kraft, Mars One Chief Medical Officer.

You have until August 31st to get in your application but the process will continue through 2015 when 28-40 people will be chosen to train for seven years. Mars One expects at least half a million applicants when all is said and done.

What do you think? Want to leave Earth for good?

(via Geekosystem, image SonicBoomBox)

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  • Kalynn Osburn

    Heeh. All those “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.” posters, time to nut up or shut up!

  • malkavian

    While I think it would be interesting (and I’m really jaded about living on Earth) I doubt they’d take people with any chronic medical issues.

  • Duke Fleed

    See, I wouldn’t mind,but I would need the option of coming back at least a couple of times, yanno? Until that place is terraformed (if it ever can be), it’s gonna be a bit … same-y and sorta boring?

  • Laura Truxillo

    There is no way this will end with a Martian colony potentially trying to reclaim the Earth in the future.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    The people who sign up for this have some serious guts.

  • Captain ZADL

    Done. Send me.

  • Erica M.

    I will gladly explore that strange new world. To seek out a new life and civilization and boldly go where no man has gone before. (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it! haha The nerd and adventurer in me both love this idea of living on Mars!)

  • Pink Apocalypse

    The people who actually *go* have some serious guts.