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12/10/2013 (1 year ago)

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Over 200,000 people paid for the chance to take a one-way trip to Mars.

Over 200,000 people have asked to go to Mars and never to return, and have even paid money for the privilege. Mars One has announced that it is beginning phase two of its process to select 4 somewhat lucky individuals to travel to the Red Planet-to die.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/10/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Mars One, reality show, one way, trip, mars, fee, pay, chances, odds, Lockheed


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - There's still a lot of work to be done between now and 2025, when Mars One says it will land four astronauts on Mars. How the project will be financed, for example, remains to be decided. The technical expertise still remains to be sorted out.

Despite these minor challenges, Mars One is forging ahead with its selection process, and plans to notify, within the next few weeks, who made the first cut. There will likely be several phases to the selection process and the company hasn't ruled out letting the public choose the final four.

Over 200,000 people paid up to $73 to apply.

Now, in the ultimate anti-survivor reality show, a group of people may actually compete to be voted off the planet and sent to Mars, where they will die.

There are no plans to retrieve the four first astronauts to Mars, and subsequent missions, spaced about every two years apart, will bring additional permanent residents to the planet.

In other news that demonstrates the sincerity of Mars One, the company has contracted with Lockheed Martin to build a robotic lander and a communications satellite.

The Lockheed Martin built mission will fly in 2018 and serve as a test for the technology that will be used in placing the first live humans on the Red Planet.

The company also believes the endeavor will be financed by the media since they will have the only live video feed from the surface of the planet. And Mars One is probably right. After being chosen by reality contest, the world will probably be obsessed with finding out how the people they voted off the planet are going to fare.

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