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Bored with life? Move to Mars

This Mars image was released by NASA in 2012. The view shows mountains looming in the distance.

Are you adventurous enough to want to live on Mars? If yes, there is a ticket waiting for you.

A one-way ticket.

Dutch program Mars One — a non-profit organization that wants to take people to Mars in 2023 to establish a community — says it is opening applications for future explorers.

Applicants, says Mars One, must be resilient, adaptable, resourceful and work well within a team. The entire project will be televised, from the reality TV-style selection process to the landing and life beyond.

Before the successful applicants leave Earth, they will be put through the required eight years of training, says the program.

“They will be isolated from the world for a few months every two years in groups of four in simulation facilities, to learn how they respond to living in close quarters while isolated from all humans except for the three crew members,” reads the mission on Mars One’s website.

But those chosen must learn a few new skills: physical and electrical repairs to the settlement structures, cultivating crops in confined spaces, and addressing both routine and serious medical issues such as dental upkeep, muscle tears and bone fractures.

Mars One warns that the journey will be arduous but once “new settlers” arrive at their destination, they will have spacious living units.

“They will also be able to shower as normal, prepare fresh food (that they themselves grew and harvested) in the kitchen, wear regular clothes, and, in essence, lead typical day-to-day lives.”


Raveena Aulakh is the Star's environment reporter. She is intrigued by climate change and its impact, now and long-term. Follow her on Twitter @raveenaaulakh


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