Here's My Application For A One-Way Trip To Mars

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I just applied for a one-way trip to Mars

The spaceship is scheduled to leave Earth in the fall of 2022. It will land on the Red Planet about seven months later in 2023. 

There is no return flight. So presumably, I — or any of the four astronauts picked for the first mission — will die there.  

The gutsy expedition is operated by a Dutch company called Mars One. Business Insider’s Adam Taylor spoke with the company’s founder Bas Lansdorp last May when the plans first hit the Internet, quickly gaining international media attention.   

On Monday, Lansdorp announced the opening of Mars One’s astronaut selection program at a New York City press conference. Within 24 hours of the announcement, the company received more than 10,000 emails from space enthusiasts.

I bought into the hype, too. 

Anyone over 18 can apply, and the application is relatively easy to fill out. 

Do I think I will go to Mars? No. But I want the chance to find if I have what it takes

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title=”The next part is slightly more labour intensive. It required making a short (30-70 second) video. In the video, you must explain why you want to go to Mars and why you make the perfect candidate.”
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