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Mars Entertainment

Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants 355

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the send-me-to-space dept.
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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Mars One Has 78,000 Applicants

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  • by dtmos (447842) * on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @12:48PM (#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?

  • by StefanJ (88986) on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:00PM (#43666273) Homepage Journal

    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?"

  • So what? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by DerekLyons (302214) <{fairwater} {at} {gmail.com}> on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:01PM (#43666289) Homepage

    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".)

  • by Archangel Michael (180766) on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:03PM (#43666323) Journal

    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?

  • by Synerg1y (2169962) on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:05PM (#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.

  • by Princeofcups (150855) <john@princeofcups.com> on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:09PM (#43666399) Homepage

    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.

  • by h4rr4r (612664) on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:17PM (#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:So what? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mtmra70 (964928) on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:26PM (#43666613)

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

  • by mrsquid0 (1335303) on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:31PM (#43666663) Homepage

    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.

  • by gstoddart (321705) on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:32PM (#43666675) Homepage

    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.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:47PM (#43666855)

    I'm a little creeped out by a guaranteed death sentence from a one way mission

    why? were you creeped out when you learned that europeans sailed to the americas?

    It's a 1 way trip. They'll either die on Mars, die taking off, or die getting there. But, they *will* die.

    spoiler alert, everybody dies. i'd rather be one of the first people to live and die on mars than the umpteen billionth person to live and die on earth.

  • by sycodon (149926) on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @01:49PM (#43666859)

    The opposite of Love is not Hate, but Indifference.

  • by Sarten-X (1102295) on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @02:26PM (#43667245) Homepage

    Gladiators, executions, and snuff films differ from pioneering in one major aspect: the pioneers choose to take the risk. The AC summed up my opinion pretty well. Everybody dies. Every moment we live is another moment closer to our death... If someone has no better long-term plans, why not volunteer?

    It's a simple gamble. The prize is an extremely valuable contribution to human exploration. The entry price is difficult communication with most other humans for the rest of your life, however long that may be. The risk is a sudden death.

    Like every other wager, whether it's advantageous depends on the cost/benefit analysis. Someone who doesn't value their connections on Earth nearly as much as their contributions to science may find it perfectly reasonable to risk a sudden death for the chance to begin human planetary colonization. If that's their opinion and their choice, why not respect it?

    There is a pervasive idea in Western culture that death is something tragic. We avoid death to the point where we spend our whole lives taking pills, exercising, and cowering in fear of what new deaths we might encounter. The very mention of death brings sadness into a party, and funerals are silent orgies of despair. Why must we all be such cowards? Let us go each day seeking new ways to die. Not merely new to each individual, but a death unlike any other in history. Now, the corollary to that is that we must avoid deaths that have been done before. Avoid heart attacks lying on the couch, avoid getting hit by a bus that you thought would stop, and avoid getting mauled by animals.

    A natural death on Mars after a long career of science hasn't happened yet, and neither has a fiery death in a do-or-die effort to return a drifting interplanetary spacecraft. Let's do it [wikipedia.org].

  • by SuricouRaven (1897204) on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @02:40PM (#43667373)

    Make sure you think of some good first words on mars then. Something to rival 'one small step.'

    I'd keep it simple: "First!"

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 08, 2013 @03:39PM (#43667959)

    Wrong. I really hate this analogy. The opposite of 2 is not 0, it's -2.

    I've had this argument with both my therapist and parenting counselor as part of my divorce. I realized what their intent is, which is to have no emotional attachment either positive or negative to my ex. I'd like to be there but have to work at it.

    That said, I still hate this analogy whenever I hear it. There are better ways of communicating it.

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