Would you like to live on Mars?
In a totally related yet seemingly unrelated question, Would you like to spend the rest of your life as a reality TV star?
If the answer to both questions is yes, then have I got a link you need to read! Click on this space.com article and prepare to be dazzled.
So you have to be mentally and physically healthy, smart, and over 18 years old in order to apply to be a Martian colonist.
Allow me to quote one thing from the article:
“Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria,” Norbert Kraft, Mars One’s chief medical director and a former NASA researcher, said in a statement.
I think Norbert might have misspoke a little here. I think bravery might still be a necessity for anyone planning to move to an uninhabitable planet for the rest of their lives. I think that if you are planning to do that for a living, forever, you should probably have a solid set of balls (literally or figuratively). Just saying.
I think the funding plan for this is absolutely hilarious. Just think of the 24/7 (actually, how long is a day on Mars, and how would we define a week there?) television coverage of the people living in the artificial habitat. How long would it last before they start scripting the daily events. How long until they send a space craft full of eligible, sexy, single women along with a great big bucket of red roses so that they can air The Bachelor: Mars once a week? Think of the ratings!
I may sound cynical about this project, but I have to say… if I were 18 and could speak Dutch? I would totally go for it.
We’re coming for you, Marvin the Martian. I don’t know when we’re going to get there, but we are going to get there.