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Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants

Unknown Lamer posted about a year ago | from the send-me-to-space dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Mars One reports that 78,000 people have volunteered for a one-way ticket to Mars. A quick calculation shows that this means people lined up coast-to-coast in a line with only 40cm per person! (As Robert Zubrin already predicted). If you want, you can still go and sign up (or sign up your worst enemy). Or you can just look at some videos of the would-be travelers."

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Third-party nominations? (4, Insightful)

dtmos (447842) | about a year ago | (#43666131)

I can think of several people that I would like to volunteer for a one-way ticket to Mars. Were these volunteers self-nominated, or did Mars One accept third-party nominations?

Re:Third-party nominations? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666181)

You know my ex-husband too and his mistress?

Re:Third-party nominations? (5, Insightful)

Archangel Michael (180766) | about a year ago | (#43666323)

You obviously are wasting your energy on people who should no longer matter to you. Suggestion, best revenge is to stop caring, and move on. Or, think of it this way, your "ex" still has power over you, do you want that?

Re:Third-party nominations? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666195)

What use would a third-party nomination be? It would essentially be volunteering someone to be exiled from Earth forever. The right to banish someone from Earth forever is not a right that is guaranteed in the Constitution.

Re:Third-party nominations? (2, Insightful)

Princeofcups (150855) | about a year ago | (#43666399)

I can think of several people that I would like to volunteer for a one-way ticket to Mars. Were these volunteers self-nominated, or did Mars One accept third-party nominations?

More importantly, how many responders are serious? Would they really climb into a craft to go to mars? I'd wager around, let's see, none.

Re:Third-party nominations? (4, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43666495)

I will wager you are wrong.
Not all 78,000 will, but I bet you could find at least 100 that would. Being first to mars, or among the first will be a huge draw.

Re:Third-party nominations? (5, Insightful)

mrsquid0 (1335303) | about a year ago | (#43666663)

I suspect that most of the people who are applying are planning to take advantage of being on a reality tv show. Everything but the last round is going to happen on Earth, so the vast majority of the applicants know that they will never make it to Mars and simply want to take advantage of whatever fame and fortune come with being on the Mars One tv show over the next few years, which could be considerable.

Re:Third-party nominations? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666827)

Can we guarantee an English/Metric unit conversion error?

Quite a bit of money in application fees... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666187)

Wonder what they're going to do with it.

312 km coast to coast (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666189)

78000 people * 40 cm = 3120000 cm
3120000 cm = 312000 m = 312 km

Which two coasts are we talking about?

Re:312 km coast to coast (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43666277)

I think he meant between them.
That still seems too short though, or these people are very wide.

Re:312 km coast to coast (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666313)

They are Americans.

Re:312 km coast to coast (2)

meerling (1487879) | about a year ago | (#43666315)

100cm = 1m
1000m = 1km

That would be 31.2 km.
Of course, as you pointed out, that's a very short distance between coasts, so which two coasts are we talking about here?

Re:312 km coast to coast (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666517)

Panama perhaps? Didn't know they were thinking of sending an expedition to Mars...

Re:312 km coast to coast (2, Informative)

Ed_1024 (744566) | about a year ago | (#43666357)

78,000 * 0.4 = 31,200m / 31.2km.

Long Island coasts, it seems. I hope they use better math when designing the spacecraft...

Re:312 km coast to coast (4, Informative)

esampson (223745) | about a year ago | (#43666489)

Mercifully it looks like the math error might be on the part of the poster rather than the article. I did a quick skim of the article and didn't see anywhere were they mentioned anything like how far apart people would be if stretched from coast to coast.

Of course it is always possible that the article was edited by the time I saw it but since the post doesn't appear to be a quote ripped from the site Occam's Razor is that the poster wrote up the post, did the math, and got it wrong.

Re:312 km coast to coast (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666519)

78000 people * 40 cm = 3120000 cm
3120000 cm = 312000 m = 312 km

Which two coasts are we talking about?

England.

Really? (1)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#43666191)

I know the idea of going to Mars sounds awesome, but are there that many emotionally stable and qualified applicants who will sign up to be the first to die on another planet?

I think this is a bad way to go about this.

Bleaker than you think! (5, Insightful)

StefanJ (88986) | about a year ago | (#43666273)

If you read the Mars One, you'll see that they're counting on revenue from a reality program to fund the project.

So, the candidates must not only be emotionally stable and qualified, but be photogenic and charming enough to sustain the interest of viewers.

Imagine the horror if, after three years, all of the surviving colonists turn out to be phlegmatic, agreeable, no-drama workaholics and stable family-minded folks.

"These rating are terrible! My God, it's turned into The Waltons in space! Can we ship in some ninjas or a killer robot to liven things up?"

Re:Bleaker than you think! (4, Interesting)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#43666321)

If you read the Mars One, you'll see that they're counting on revenue from a reality program to fund the project.

Awesome, I've been expecting that sooner or later reality TV would go in the direction of people dying for years now.

I'm sure the dying moments of these people will make for really awesome ratings.

What a dumb fscking idea.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (3, Interesting)

Sarten-X (1102295) | about a year ago | (#43666557)

Is that a problem?

What dying moments will be broadcast? Ideally, the travelers would survive long enough to set up a viable sustainable colony, whose expenses could be handled by a large enough trust fund. By the time they die of natural causes, the reality show would be long-since off the air.

In a less ideal situation, the travelers' catastrophic dying moments are broadcast to the world, and the travelers are martyrs in the ongoing process of human exploration. This is a known risk, which all the travelers must accept before volunteering. Why, then, would it be a problem to broadcast the unintentional deaths of these brave folks? The chance of their sudden death is something they accept... why can't we viewers accept it as well?

Re:Bleaker than you think! (4, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#43666675)

The chance of their sudden death is something they accept... why can't we viewers accept it as well?

This isn't a chance. It's a 1 way trip. They'll either die on Mars, die taking off, or die getting there. But, they *will* die.

Of course viewers will accept it, they'll embrace it -- pretty much like they embraced gladiatorial and watching public executions and watching decapitation videos on the internet.

I somehow doubt that a Mars mission funded by a reality show is going to create a viable self sustaining colony which allows these people to die of natural causes.

I can accept an astronaut signing up for something which is risky, but has a reasonable chance of working. But I'm a little creeped out by a guaranteed death sentence from a one way mission operated by a private company who wants to have a reality show.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (4, Insightful)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about a year ago | (#43666347)

Haha,

what reality stars are emotionally stable?

If they want to make a reality show, I think we know exactly the type of people they'll select and trust me they won't be astronaut grade.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43666387)

People who are emotionally stable and qualified are not suitable for reality tv.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#43666457)

There is no such thing as emotionally stable people Sheldon =) only terminally delusional people.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43666479)

I do not get the reference.

I would also argue that it is wrong.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#43666649)

“If you think anyone is sane you just don't know enough about them.”
  Christopher Moore, Practical Demonkeeping

Linux fortune is great.

Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory is a delusional geek who thinks he is the perfect specimen of mankind. At the top of the evolutionary order and everyone else is plagued with insanity.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about a year ago | (#43666693)

I find that show pretty offensive so I refuse to watch it. If it stereotyped other groups that way it would already be off the air.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#43666829)

I don't think its any worse then Fresh Prince of Bell Air. It is mildly entertaining. But about as banal as cats and hamburgers. I can understand your dislike of it.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#43666773)

Well, thats not the quote I was looking for. It goes something like this "The first stage of insanity is believing you are sane". =) I wish I could fine the exact fortune database with it, because the guy who said it I believe was someone historically known for deep thought and their outlook on psychology or philosophy.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (2)

hedwards (940851) | about a year ago | (#43666677)

There are degrees of emotional stability. Most people are relatively stable, otherwise nothing would get done and we couldn't have a society. The folks that fit in well with society are generally not suitable for reality programming. It would be like going to a movie called "accounts: the motion picture" where they were actual accountants engaged in regular accounting practices. I shouldn't spoil it, but about halfway in, they find a misplaced comma and have to redo the numbers.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#43666811)

Agreed, but there are tons of people out there who could qualify for this without being deemed insane. Which I think is the parents argument. That anyone is insane for wanting their contribution to life be a mission to Mars on public T.V.

Re:Bleaker than you think! (1)

geekoid (135745) | about a year ago | (#43666491)

Some reality Shows are fine. For example 'Big Brain Theory'.
Of course the producers work damn hard to invent some.

You mean 78,000 suckers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666197)

This is nothing but a fake reality show designed to try and fool people into thinking they're going to mars. I don't know how well they will succeed. But people can be pretty dumb sometimes.

Re:You mean 78,000 suckers (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#43666265)

The only way to determine if it is fake is to participate in it. Take "The Hunger Games" scenario for example. You can either stay back in your little agenda 21 district and watch it all play out on T.V.

Or you can step up and volunteer to play by the rules set forth. Then you can affect change from within the system. Or get to a point were you can demonstrate to everyone how fake it is.

It is a matter of perception. But the vast majority of people do not want to control their own destiny. Thats the simplest reasoning I can give you.

Re:You mean 78,000 suckers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666401)

The only way to determine if it is fake is to participate in it. Take "The Hunger Games" scenario for example. You can either stay back in your little agenda 21 district and watch it all play out on T.V.

Or you can step up and volunteer to play by the rules set forth. Then you can affect change from within the system. Or get to a point were you can demonstrate to everyone how fake it is.

Bwahahahahah!

Yes. The Hunger Games! Teen literature, the best model of reality we have!

(Or you know, bullshit stories that don't make sense when you think it over for more than 15 minutes -- teen literature has IMO come downhill a long way from heinlein and such back in the day.)

Thanks for the laugh, pal.

Re:You mean 78,000 suckers (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#43666421)

Well I imagine most people would come to your conclusion after they tested their theories in the real word. Your welcome =)

Re:You mean 78,000 suckers (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about a year ago | (#43666603)

I vote we send everyone on the planet who.

Splits a sentence in the middle and starts a whole new paragraph with the second fragment!

Re:You mean 78,000 suckers (2)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about a year ago | (#43666733)

Already been done: Space Cadets [wikipedia.org].

However

A) Their application process would seem to make this more difficult (you want people who aren't really interested in space so they are less informed and easier to fool)
B) They are also talking about a multi-year training program, which would seem cost prohibitive and would also raise the risk of the participants finding out exponentially.

It's a FAAAAAAKE! (2)

itsdapead (734413) | about a year ago | (#43666801)

This is nothing but a fake reality show designed to try and fool people into thinking they're going to mars

or, more likely, a fake fake reality show designed to fool viewers into thinking that the contestants thought they were going to Mars.

(Actually, putting even one "fake" before "reality show" is redundant).

31.2 km Coast to Coast? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666213)

78,000 people * 40cm/person is 31.2 km. Did they line up from one coast of a Florida key to the other?

I would volounteer. (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#43666231)

But I know there are at least a 100,000 more qualified people that will volunteer and do a better job then I on the mission. I imagine a lot of people have not volunteered for that very valid reason. So these look like pretty decent numbers to me, maybe a tiny bit low. But not bad.

Re:I would volounteer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666445)

How can the best people be found if no-one volunteers? Many of us are disqualified for other reasons. I've got +/-95% visual acuity in one eye (a silly reason, IMHO). Others are married, or have kids. Others still will be eliminated from the selection because they don't create a great first impression (to the audience) or because the selectors have stupid ideas (like Bas saying he doesn't want any engineers...WTF??)

And to those of you who call these people suckers, remember that many of us care about more than our own skins.

No man is an iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee...

Re:I would volounteer. (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#43666483)

Self disqualification is a big part of a voluntary process =)

How can the best people be found if no-one volunteers? I however agree with this.

Re:I would volounteer. (1)

TheCRAIGGERS (909877) | about a year ago | (#43666729)

Sadly, self-disqualification is exercising rational thought; something I think you'd want lots of in a mission like this.

Oh wait, this is a reality show now? Carry on....

Maybe I'll start a pool on how long until the first murder occurs.

Re:I would volounteer. (2)

Cenan (1892902) | about a year ago | (#43666599)

(like Bas saying he doesn't want any engineers...WTF??)

They probably don't want anyone smart enough to see through the scam that it boils down to being. Kind of like the cold fusion guys some months back that didn't want an audience for their test run. What happened to those people anyways?

Re:I would volounteer. (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about a year ago | (#43666447)

The thing is, can you legally volounteer, provided that this can be considered as a suicide?

Re:I would volounteer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666571)

I'm not sure. The only examples I can think of off the top of my head are nuclear disasters were people volunteered for certain death, or were perhaps tricked or coerced (in the case of Chernobyl).

The military does not approve of suicide missions for the sake of suicide missions. But High Risk solutions to certain problems are acceptable. For example a commander can order the least mission critical member of a unit to remove their protective gear to see if an area is safe after a chemical attack. Of course all due precautions would be taken to test. But sometimes you don't have that luxury and need to know for a mission. That is a legal order. It breaks no laws or regulations.

Re:I would volounteer. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666619)

It's not suicide. It's a one way trip. In theory they plan on continuing to transport more supplies and people to the planet. In practice I doubt that would happen and the people will die, but dying like that isn't suicide.

I'd volunteer and go if they didn't have all the reality TV crap to go along with it. The volunteers shouldn't be partially picked by a TV show and the first mission astronauts shouldn't be subjected to a popularity contest to determine if their team goes or not.

Re:I would volounteer. (2)

Cenan (1892902) | about a year ago | (#43666487)

I know there are at least a 100,000 more qualified people that will volunteer and do a better job then I on the mission

Being qualified for this "mission" only entails being expendable on Earth. This mission is most likely going absolutely nowhere, the real unknowns are what the showstopper is going to be. Will it be their tenuous grasp on basic science? Or perhaps the fact that they havn't got the faintest idea about how they're going to get to Mars in the first place? Maybe it'll be something completely different... We just don't know. Exciting times.

Loto (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666237)

At around 40$ per person, that's already a good crowd funding campaign.
So, how long before the project is shut down because, you know, it's not so simple to go there?

400 meters per person, actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666239)

Of course, if you're refering to the US coasts.

One little problem... (1)

TimO_Florida (2894381) | about a year ago | (#43666243)

Anyone could volunteer to go to Saturn or Alpha Centauri, but the bottom line is we don't have the technology to go any of them.

Re:One little problem... (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about a year ago | (#43666389)

I disagree. Sending people to Alpha Centauri no. Robotic spacecraft, yes we could totally get something there in a century, or even 50 years. Could we get something there that could send a signal back to us? Maybe not. You'd need to send a pretty big power plant to send a signal back that far for us to catch back here. But sending a probe thats small with a nuclear Orion engine yes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Orion_(nuclear_propulsion) [wikipedia.org]

Saturn is a piece of cake. But it would be an extremely shitty ride that would serve very little scientific interest other then the effects of prolonged claustrophobic radiation in zero G.

You could do it all for less then 500 Million. For 1 Billion you could do it using better then 4 decades old technology.

Re:One little problem... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666797)

"Robotic spacecraft, yes we could totally get something there in a century,"

We have nothing that even approaches 1% of light speed, let alone the 5% you seem to think is no problem. Where do you get your facts from? Voyager 1 is tooting along at 0.005% of lightspeed. Please tell me what miracles have happened that allow for propulsion to have improved a thousand times? Difficulty: only actual, real technology please, invoking magical materials and comic books is not enough.

WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666245)

A quick calculation shows that this means people lined up coast-to-coast in a line with only 40cm per person!

WTF does this mean?

Re:WTF (1)

Cenan (1892902) | about a year ago | (#43666525)

WTF does this mean?

Someone found a really small island to have the enrollment on? Who knows?
78000 * 40 cm = 3120000 cm = 31200 m = 31.2 km.

A Darwin Award anyone else? I sign up the NRA. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666247)

And you???

And that's just people dumb enough to sign up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666251)

I mean, I'd be happy to go, but I'm smart enough to realize I have basically no chance (I'm a cross-discipline engineer -- B.S.es in both E.E. and M.E. -- so I'm, let's say, in the top percentile. Big deal -- that only leaves many thousands of people with better qualifications), so it's not a rational use of my time to sign up. (It's probably also not a rational use of my time to type this post about rational uses of time, but let's don't go there, shall we.)

I'm sure there's many others like me who don't bother to sign up for the same reason, which just underscores the unshortage -- if there was a shortage, then we'd all sign up (because we'd have a non-negligible chance of being selected) and there wouldn't be a shortage.

Disappointment (1)

RavenousRhesus (2683045) | about a year ago | (#43666263)

Imagine how disappointed those people will be when they're dying on Mars and get word that a manned fly-by and return mission has just launched.

So what? (4, Insightful)

DerekLyons (302214) | about a year ago | (#43666289)

So? In this era of "liking" and "sharing" and "+1ing"... 78k "likes" isn't all that impressive. (And the vast majority probably aren't qualified and won't pass screening in the first place - they're just applying because it's "cool".)

Re:So what? (4, Insightful)

mtmra70 (964928) | about a year ago | (#43666613)

Huh? 78,000 people paid an application fee of at least $5. I would say that is a bit beyond "liking".

Re:So what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666843)

closer to $40

Math is way off. (5, Informative)

butlerm (3112) | about a year ago | (#43666317)

Somebody needs a math lesson. 3000 miles * 5280 feet per mile / 78000 = 203 feet. That is a tad more than 40 cm.

Re:Math is way off. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666437)

Somebody needs a math lesson. 3000 miles * 5280 feet per mile / 78000 = 203 feet. That is a tad more than 40 cm.

I just assumed the poster is from a really small, unnamed country with coasts on opposite sides.

Re:Math is way off. (2)

Alastor187 (593341) | about a year ago | (#43666449)

Somebody needs a math lesson. 3000 miles * 5280 feet per mile / 78000 = 203 feet. That is a tad more than 40 cm.

Seems appropriate given this is a story about sending something to Mars.

Re:Math is way off. (1)

period3 (94751) | about a year ago | (#43666709)

Wait, are we talking about the guy who made the math mistake, or the guy who didn't use the metric system?

Re:Math is way off. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666567)

I don't quite grasp this concept, perhaps a car analogy is needed...

Re:Math is way off. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666639)

You appear to be assuming that the writer refers to the USA when talking about cost-to-coast distances. Given that most people who would use the US as a baseline are unlikely to choose metric measurements (a tendancy your above calculation lends some credence to) the poster is probably taking about another location.

Assuming that the calculation in the summary is accurate (which is just as valid as assuming a given country) we are looking for a location that has a coast to coast distance of between 30 and 40 km.

Re:Math is way off. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666653)

Which coast to which coast.... or are you assuming the US?

40cm? Bad math in summary (2)

Jaryn (880486) | about a year ago | (#43666325)

40 cm per person? No... 40 m per person? Yes.

Re:40cm? Bad math in summary (1)

amiga3D (567632) | about a year ago | (#43666475)

I think you are right. Someone missed a decimal place. Does not inspire confidence in an interplanetary mission.

Re:40cm? Bad math in summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666717)

I think you are right. Someone missed a decimal place. Does not inspire confidence in an interplanetary mission.

OTOH, editors don't generally run interplanetary manned missions.

Hey love, let's go to mars and die there! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666409)

Great idea love! It sound soooo romantic to be the first couple to step on Mars. Our love will forever be remembered~ Let's do it!

*15 odd years later*

On second thought, let's not go to Mars. Tis a silly place anyway.

I hope the guy who did that calculation... (3, Funny)

istartedi (132515) | about a year ago | (#43666463)

I hope the guy who did that calculation is not computing the path of the spacecraft.

Re:I hope the guy who did that calculation... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666563)

I have it on good authority that this story was submitted by a retired 'Mars Climate Orbiter' engineer, so no worries.

Money in the bank (2)

Davess (1035554) | about a year ago | (#43666523)

What the summary fails to mention is that the "application fee" was at minimum $20 USD, and went upwards towards $40 USD depending on the country. Worst case scenario they made about $1.5 million off of applications alone. I would think that volunteering to permanently leave your life behind would be enough collateral without needing to nickel and dime applicants. This reeks of the space-equivalent of vaporware to me.

Can I apply as "Ruler of Mars"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666537)

I always wanted to take over the world, but since earth is taken, maybe I can apply to be the new ruler there.

Great way to get funding... (1)

WinstonWoof (2918209) | about a year ago | (#43666545)

At $38 per application this means they have already generated $2,964,000 Clever way to get funding if you ask me..

most from usa and china (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666589)

shows that people will do ANYTHING to get the fuck out of their respective countries.

wikipedia from canada just went ...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666617)

wikipedia from canada just went ......POOF now its so slow its not funny

Who cares? (1)

deuterium (96874) | about a year ago | (#43666631)

This is about as likely to happen as North Korea landing a man on the moon.
I'll volunteer to be the first man to arm wrestle an alien.

If every applicant had been charged $1... (1)

srijon (1091345) | about a year ago | (#43666705)

They would have doubled their budget.

Re:If every applicant had been charged $1... (1)

srijon (1091345) | about a year ago | (#43666785)

Doh - the US applicants were charged $38, so they have already bumped their funding level significantly.

Reality TV Show (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666737)

Mars One intends to fund this decade-long endeavor by involving the whole world as the audience of an interactive, televised broadcast of every aspect of this mission, from the astronaut selections and their preparations to the arrival on Mars and their lives on the Red Planet.

Sounds like the biggest, most expensive television reality show, to-date. Question: what happens if the ratings aren't good?...or what happens if the audience decidedly hates one of the contestants after the mission launches/lands on Mars? :P

who I'd like to see disapear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666779)

Can someone apply in Justin Bieber's name? Then, after the mission launches and he lands on Mars, lets cancel the show.

Registration fee (1)

darthdavid (835069) | about a year ago | (#43666795)

I signed up for the news letter and was planning on applying but they want 38 fucking dollars as a registration fee. Screw that. If I actually thought this was gonna go anywhere I'd gladly pay it. If it was 5 bucks or so I'd gladly pay it just on a lark even thinking as I do that this will probably amount to nothing. 40 bucks just to apply for something that will probably fail and that I probably won't get picked for even if it does succeed? Fuck that noise!

More like 3 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43666841)

You can whittle that down to about 3 that have the nerve to actually do it as launch day approaches.

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