A Dutch nonprofit organization, Mars One, is making plans to establish a human colony on Mars, otherwise known as the red planet.
The Mars One mission is actually set to launch in 2024 – an entire decade away. But they’ve started the tedious process of selecting people who could do the job.
Around 200,000 people applied to be candidates for a chance to leave the Earth, and live the rest of their lives on Mars. But less than 700 have been short-listed. They may be lucky enough to reach Mars, but there is no guarantee of them ever coming back.
Yet these brave souls are all ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Not a lot is known about the candidates, but Stateless Media recently made a video about three of them.
There’s an American-Iraqi woman, Dina Masodi, who draws a comparison between leaving Iraq for America to leaving Earth for Mars.
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Ryan McDonald is a physics students from the U.K. who believes his legacy is “to try and find out if there's life on Mars, to inspire a new generation” rather than finding love and settling down.
And saving the best for last, Dr. Jeremias Nalen, a young doctor from Mozambique, who said "I think this world is not a good place to live anymore. If I die on Mars, that would be great."
Aptly titled “If I Die On Mars,” the video is touching, funny and truly a reflection of the diversity of the human race. But it raises more questions than answers.
But if all those movies about space exploration have been any indication, there’s no way to tell that these average Joes are actually going to be capable of starting human life on another planet. Only time will tell if there can actually be a successful civilian mission to Mars.