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03-19-2013, 06:03 AM
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Willing to die on Mars?

Then put your name into the pool to be picked for 8 years of training and a 2022 takeoff for Mars with no return!

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2...-die-mars.html

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To test your resolve, candidates must spend a year camping in the arizona desert and not leave their tent. 8 years of training for what? How to not get so bored and go nuts and kill yourself? Send this guy;


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If I didn't have a son, I would do it.

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for those who want immortality in the annals of history, this is definitely one way to do it. The first guy to die (and walk) on Mars is going to be remembered for as long as Neil Armstrong will be for being the first to walk on the moon

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I'd definitely consider doing it. I don't have any dependents, so why not. As stated above, to be immortalized in the history books would be awesome. Not to mention it would be the greatest experience you could ever have, imo.

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Reminds me a lot of the Mars Trilogy - Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. I figure if this goes forward as planned, we could see the first Martian human being born in the late 2020s. Imagine being known as the first human not to be born on Earth!

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I'd consider it, although I imagine this will run into some major problems at some point, and that there would be tough competition for the few positions.

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for those who want immortality in the annals of history, this is definitely one way to do it. The first guy to die (and walk) on Mars is going to be remembered for as long as Neil Armstrong will be for being the first to walk on the moon
Yeah, you and the other ten guys will be the most famous people alive when everyone else left on Earth nukes the place to oblivion.

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I don't think this mission will go ahead. It'll get cancelled.

I wouldn't want to go. It sounds like a crappy life in return for a little fame (I personally don't believe the reaction will be similar to the first manned moon mission).

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I think you'd have a big issue with people changing their minds given that they have 8 years to think about it.

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I'd definitely consider doing it. I don't have any dependents, so why not. As stated above, to be immortalized in the history books would be awesome. Not to mention it would be the greatest experience you could ever have, imo.
My reaction was if I wanted to die on a cold, desolate, isolated place with no atmosphere, I'd go climb everest.

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How long are they expected to live on those capsules on Mars? Will they run out of resources?

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I'd do it in a heartbeat. I'd rather die walking on a planet no one else has ever been on at 45, than die at 85 eating pudding and yelling at kids to stay off the lawn.

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How long are they expected to live on those capsules on Mars? Will they run out of resources?
The expectation appears to be indefinite. The Mars base will have the equipment necessary to be self-sufficient as far as food and water goes, although I imagine that they'll be pretty reliant on Earth to resupply them with manufactured goods once they wear out or are lost.

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My life isn't great, but I enjoy what little time I'm given. I have no desire to die in a cold, lifeless rock in space.

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I'd do it in a heartbeat. I'd rather die walking on a planet no one else has ever been on at 45, than die at 85 eating pudding and yelling at kids to stay off the lawn.
That's pretty shortsighted. Are the presumable 4 decades of life between 45 and 85 supposed to be absolute garbage for you?

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I wish I were so rich I could amuse myself by firing people into space with no intention of bringing them back.

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What good is the money if you can't spend it...unless they're expecting to find shops and stands on Mars. I mean it's nice to leave money behind for your family, but at the cost of your life? Um, I think my life is a little more valuable than what they would pay me

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I don't think this is about money but more then adventure. I am sure they will have no problem finding people willing to sign up. Now will it actually ever take place is another question all together.

There are a lot of logistics involved. Hydroponics would likely play a key role for their future food requirements. A lot of scientific work will be done also. I am sure it would not be a boring life at all. If humans want to colonize another planet, it has to start somewhere! Anybody else read the Mars Trilogy?

There is another project that involves find 2 people that could get along for about 2 years and shoot them out there to spin around Mars and come back to Earth.

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Hmm lets see.

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My reaction was if I wanted to die on a cold, desolate, isolated place with no atmosphere, I'd go climb everest.
you could just go to a Detroit game

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Mars has nearly no magnetosphere, right? How would they adequately shield these people?

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I would imagine this would be something only someone dying of a terminal illness would want to do. It'd be cool to be the first human to die somewhere other than Earth, but I'd sure as hell not want to be there for an extended period of time or die from whatever nasties might get you over there.

Wonder how Wikipedia would list the place of death.

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Mars has nearly no magnetosphere, right? How would they adequately shield these people?
One of the things being worked on.

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