Dear People of the Earth,
You have until Saturday, August 31st to submit your applications for Mars One’s human mission to Mars. There’s only one hard-and-fast qualification to apply: You must be over the age of 18. Also, you need to be willing to travel to Mars in a spaceship for approximately 210 days, live in an inflatable compound on Mars and never return to Earth.
Feeling sheepish about taking a one-way trip to the red planet? The people at Mars One know how you feel, admitting on their website that “most people would rather lose a leg than live the rest of their life on a cold, hostile planet, having said goodbye to friends and family forever.”
But if you’ve dreamed of becoming the Christopher Columbus of the cosmos, the pros greatly outnumber the cons. As the Mars One website puts it, “As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe that all things are possible, anything can be achieved.” What they’re trying to say is, if you make it to Mars, you’ll be entering the cultural vernacular as the next Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin. No biggie.
Another plus: Once the astronauts get to Mars, they won’t be surviving on Astronaut Ice Cream. Apparently Nutella, the popular hazelnut spread, was a hit with a team of astronauts who recently tested space-friendly foods on a simulated Mars mission. So take some solace, budding astronauts, in knowing that although you may spend the rest of your life an average 33 million miles from home, you won’t be without the Earthly creature comforts of Nutella.
Bonus: Check out distancetomars.com to get a pixelated perspective of the vast distance between our two fair planets.
RYOT NOTE: Is the prospect of spending the rest of your life on Mars too much commitment? Be a part of the mission without dedicating your life to the cause by donating to Mars One. Click on the gray box alongside the story to learn more, support the human mission to Mars and Become the News!