Mars Astronauts – how would you feel?

Technology has advanced so rapidly that scientists believe we are finally ready to send astronauts to Mars. The only problem? It is unlikely that these four selected astronauts will ever be able to return home.

Mars One, a nonprofit organization, plans on sending four people to Mars in 2024, and even more groups in the years following.

Popular from the beginning, 200,000 applicants jumped at the idea of being one of the first people to step foot on the Red Planet. Currently, the pool of candidates has been narrowed down to 705 people, many applicants dropping out for personal or medical reasons. The remaining candidates will go through a long interview process by the Mars One selection committee.

Imagine the world of opportunity this mission could have on our citizens. Are we ready to consider living our lives on a new planet? If the time came, how would you cope with your friends and family moving to Mars if you chose not to? Imagine the families of the selected candidates to journey to Mars. Granted, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and the astronauts will hold a legacy for the rest of eternity; but is that worth the termination of your life? 200,000 applicants clearly say yes, their dreams and passions tell them to live life to the fullest and take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sachin Desai, a candidate, claims that “Mars might challenge their marriage, but enough marriages are strained on Earth already”.

So what do you think? Is it worth the fatal risk to take advantage of a life-changing opportunity?

Check out this article for more information, and leave your opinions below!

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2 Comments

  1. Nice blog, Lauren. Love the posts.

  2. I can’t even imagine volunteering to go on a mission that meant certain death. Would you do it?

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