Mars Mission To Send 24 People To Planet With 'No Return Ticket'
Mars One's mission to the red planet will transform 24 Earthlings into Martians, and after five years of selecting candidates for the rocket, the 4,200 applicants have now been whittled down to just 100. For those who haven't heard of Mars One yet, it is a project initiated by an independent Dutch operation to send men and women to the red planet by 2023, according to Oregon Live. It is not connected to NASA's ongoing Mars mission, which saw an unmanned spacecraft landing on the planet last year and aims to send astronauts there in the future. Mars One also has no connection to Elon Musk's plan to send the massive Big Falcon Rocket to Mars by 2022. Mary Roach, author of "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void" and one of the project's public supporters, has said that if Mars One does happen, it could be one of the biggest reality TV events ever and will have a massive global audience. "Yet at their core, the Mars One team are aerospace professionals with the background and contacts to pull together the technical aspects of the mission," she said in a statement. "It's 'Jersey Shore' meets NASA meets 'American Idol.' This might just work!" Source