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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

400 people volunteered for a one-way trip to Mars

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Want to make Mars home sweet home?
(Photo by ESA via Getty Images)

Sure, most of us are curious about what life on Mars would be like. But I'm betting most of us wouldn't volunteer to move there permanently.

There's no shortage of people who would make the one-way trip if given the chance, according to TIME magazine and Fox News. They report Journal of Cosmology editor Lana Tao received about 400 emails from readers eager to move to Mars, excited by an aricle about the possibility of sending humans to the planet.

The article suggested that a one-way trip would be cheaper, making colonization a more realistic option.

This sounds like a scene from a bad science-fiction movie, but Tao assures us its it's for real.

TIME gave an example of the kind of letters Tao has received:
"I am ready to go to Mars. Sign me up," wrote 69-year-old computer programmer Pasha Rostov. "I do VERY well with solitude," he wrote. "I am handy with tools, very good at making things work, have generated my own solar energy, built three houses (with my own hands) and am quite sane and stable."

Some scientists aren't convinced people know what they're volunteering for. Life on Mars could actually be frightfully boring, not to mention fatal.

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