Mars One is a program that is trying to develop funding for a one-way trip to Mars by raising money from a reality television show. Though I realize that the people (primarily from The Netherlands) who came up with this are serious about it, but to me, there is an undercurrent of 'scam'.
Read more at the Mars One website.
It will begin with habitats on Earth where would-be Mars One astronauts train by living in an Earthbound simulator...until the spacecraft is built.
Yes it's a one-way trip. Once you leave, there is no mechanism that will return you to Earth. Therefore anyone who leaves, will need to buy the t-shirt first, before departing. If you are a serious scientist instead of a dreamer, you will realize that the Martian soil is toxic to bacterial life and to mankind. I'm not suggesting that it can't be terraformed given time and effort, but I think that it's unlikely that the hapless participants in the Mars One reality TV show would do anything but to to Mars and die - providing that they were able to ever lift off from Earth and survive the journey.
More than 200,000 men and women from around the world responded to the first call for astronauts and the selection process wound that number down to 100 finalists who are going to compete for final launch slots on the reality show. You can read their bios for yourself... If I was going to select people for the reality show, and the flight to Mars I'd include the entire Kardashian family which brings with it racial diversity (including in-laws), the Mob Wives (as companions for the mostly male crew) and people who currently work in the West Wing of the White House and do so well managing the nation - time to let them branch out to a new career on Mars.
Meanwhile, back home on Earth, you never know how things will end up.
But BEFORE YOU GO, sound off below on who you would send to Mars as part of the (likely ill fated if it ever lifts off) one-way trip to Mars.
Yes, Pretty Jenny, we know that your ex-husband would make an excellent Mars One astronaut...
I can't believe but what LSP would nominate the Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.However, these are all guesses on my part.