Talk about the ultimate survivalist experience! If you thought roughing it in the wilderness would be the most challenging test of your survival skills, how about a one-way trip to Mars?
As of May 7, 2013, approximately 78,000 people have registered for the chance to be among the 50 to 100 people who make the first cut in the selection process for this journey into outer space…a journey that pretty much guarantees your final breath will be taken far from Earth.
The non-profit company Mars One is hoping to establish the first colony on Mars by 2023, with one of the goals being to search for past and current life on the red planet. The country with the greatest number of registrants so far is the United States. That doesn’t surprise me. Maybe some of these applicants aren’t too crazy about the way things are going in this country and figure living on Mars can’t be any worse.
Regardless of someone’s reason for wanting to make this type of trip, I find the whole concept fascinating. It proves that mankind’s adventurous spirit is still alive and well. It shows that we’re still seeking new challenges that test our bodies, minds and spirits. I’d still like to spend my remaining years on good old terra firma, but I admire those who are willing to be part of perhaps the greatest adventure of all time…colonizing another planet.
Many of us will probably be too old to be seriously considered for a one-way mission to Mars in 2023, but if you were in your 20s or 30s around that time, is that something you would consider? Are you the type of person who always looks for the ultimate in survivalist experiences? Would the fact that you would never return to Earth be something you could deal with? If it was something you’d apply for, would the state of affairs on our planet be one of the reasons you’d be willing to be a Mars colony pioneer?
I think we can have a lot of fun talking about this subject, so please chime in with your thoughts.