The thought of travelling to another planet has captured all our imaginations for many years. Will we ever go and live on Mars or is this a pie in the sky idea? (Mars is one of our neighbouring plants).
A company has sprung out of the woodwork (Mars One) with a scary proposition (which is open to all of us), would you give up your life on Earth to live out your days on Mars? Giving up on everything for a chance to be remembered as the first human colonists on the red plant.
One Way Ticket to Mars a $6 billion dollar project
This project has already attracted investors from all over the world, who wouldn’t want to invest in this project, the cost of putting the first four people on Mars is about six billion US dollars, if this comes to fruition it will also attract advertises which could cover the cost of the first launch and future launch’s to come.
“The Mars One Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars in 2023.” – mars-one.com
I must say, my first reaction is one of excitement until you start thinking about this, you would never see your children again, your family, your partner, breathe the air from our beautiful planet Earth or experience life on our own planet. How would the red planet affect our bones, how can we protect ourselves from cosmic rays or meteor strikes?
This list of questions is long. We could also say the same about people who bungee jump or perform extreme sports, the outcome here is that life is never as safe as we think, our life is built up on a series moments and what a moment this would be.
My science brain would love to experience life on another planet and build a foundation for future colonists, talk about a catch 22 situation. For now my feet are firmly on planet Earth.