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    Huge numbers of people on Earth are keen to leave the planet forever and seek a new life homesteading on Mars.

    About 78,000 people have applied to become Red Planet colonists with the nonprofit organization Mars One since its application process opened on April 22, officials announced Tuesday. Mars One aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2023 as the vanguard of a permanent colony, with more astronauts arriving every two years thereafter.

    "With 78,000 applications in two weeks, this is turning out to be the most desired job in history," Mars One Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Bas Lansdorp said in a statement. "These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants." [Mars One's Red Planet Colony Project (Gallery)]

    Mars One estimates that landing four settlers on Mars in 2023 will cost about $6 billion. The Netherlands-based organization plans to pay most of the bills by staging a global reality-TV event, with cameras documenting all phases of the mission from astronaut selection to the colonists' first years on the Red Planet.

    The application process extends until Aug. 31. Anyone at least 18 years of age can apply by submitting to the Mars One website a 1-minute video explaining his or her motivation to become a Red Planet settler. (You can also watch other applicants' videos at the site.)

    Mars One charges an application fee, which ranges from $5 to $75 depending on the wealth of the applicant's home country. United States citizens pay $38, Lansdorp said.

    When the application process closes, reviewers will pick 50 to 100 candidates from each of the 300 regions around the world that Mars One has identified. By 2015, this pool will be whittled down to a total of 28 to 40 candidates, officials said.

    This core group will be split into groups of four, which will train for their one-way Mars mission for about seven years. Finally, an audience vote will pick one of these groups to be humanity's first visitors to the Red Planet.

    So far, Mars One has received applications from more than 120 countries, officials said. The United States leads the way with 17,324, followed by China (10,241) and the United Kingdom (3,581). Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and India round out the top 10.

    "Mars One is a mission representing all humanity, and its true spirit will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented," Lansdorp said. "I'm proud that this is exactly what we see happening."

    The announcement of Mars One's application flood comes in the middle of a big week for manned Mars exploration. Scientists, engineers, NASA officials and a range of other Red Planet exploration advocates are currently meeting in Washington, D.C., for the Humans 2 Mars summit, which runs through Wednesday.

    And Tuesday, famed Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin released his new book, "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration" (National Geographic Books), which was written with veteran space reporter (and Space.com columnist) Leonard David.

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    I really struggle believing this is actually going to happen. It would be so awesome to be alive for but why are we sending people to live there before anyone has even put their feet on the planet?

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    This may sound a all cool and exciting, but if there isn't any internet access I think i will pass. Maybe if there was actually something to look at except for just red rocks, there would actually be a reason to go to mars, but really whats the point?

    Maybe if there was some aliens and we get free weapons to kill them with, it would be fun..... In completely unrelated news I've been playing UT2004.
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    This is a really old article. Since then it has been it revealed that the whole Mars One thing is a sham or their whole plan is flawed.

    https://medium.com/matter/mars-one-i...t-2dfef95217d3
    http://www.iflscience.com/space/whats-going-mars-one

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    Quote Originally Posted by brendanvb View Post
    I really struggle believing this is actually going to happen. It would be so awesome to be alive for but why are we sending people to live there before anyone has even put their feet on the planet?
    They don't have the ability to bring them back yet. The distance is to long so most of the storage space will rely on food supplies. The flight there will take at least 40 days. I'm guessing they think it will be more effective to tag and release.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ike_009 View Post
    They don't have the ability to bring them back yet. The distance is to long so most of the storage space will rely on food supplies. The flight there will take at least 40 days. I'm guessing they think it will be more effective to tag and release.
    I guess that makes sense... Be interesting to see if this all comes to fruition after reading the post above.

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    I wonder if they would have send Malema and Trump for us.

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    It would have been interesting if this did happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VirtualForce View Post
    I wonder if they would have send Malema and Trump for us.
    Rather Zuma. He has absolutely no use for planet Earth, let alone the human race. At least Malema is entertaining and tries to fight for change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarligOpptreden View Post
    Rather Zuma. He has absolutely no use for planet Earth, let alone the human race. At least Malema is entertaining and tries to fight for change.
    Change or because he wants to cause kak for Zuma for kicking him out.
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