Seven Aussie Finalists For A One-Way Trip To Mars

The final 100 candidates for a one-way trip to Mars through the Mars One project -- a space mission funded by reality TV -- have been chosen. Among those lucky (or unlucky, depending on your attitude) souls are seven Australians; three males and four females of varying ages, who are competing for a chance to live, and die, on the red planet.

Meet The People Who Would Leave Earth For A One-Way Trip To Mars

Mars One is a grand mission to foster human settlement on Mars within the next decade, but it's not a massive NASA or ESA or Russian or Chinese space undertaking -- it's an entirely private enterprise, and it's going to need at least $8 billion of backing coming from a reality TV series on the potential astronauts' training and the eventual mission.

Out of these final 100 candidates -- whittled down from a group of 660, itself whittled down from over 200,000 initial applicants -- a total of 24 will be chosen to complete astronaut training, and within the next decade would find themselves travelling on one of six three-year-long, one-way flights beginning in 2024.

MIT says the colonists will almost certainly die before their time if they ever end up reaching Mars, likely from starvation but also possibly from an eventual and gradual depletion of oxygen. But let's cross that bridge when (and if) we get to it.

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    I don't believe that any of these people will ever get to Mars. Some may be killed during launch, if the project ever gets that far, which I doubt. But even if there is a successful launch it seems wildly improbably that anyone will survive to land on Mars, given the hostility of space to human life.

    There is no hate or dislike in my opinions, just an appreciation of the obstacles and the humanity. Mars is dead and has been for millions of years; nothing that humans do will ever make it habitable. We should concentrate out efforts on keeping Earth habitable.

      I think if they got far enough to actually launch, they would have most problems solved. The bigger problem is how long will it take to get to that stage? By then most of the participants will be either dead or old and wrinkly.

      I agree with you, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't try. In early crossings of the Atlantic or Pacific you would lose around 50-80% of your crew.

      There will be no deaths during the launch because there will be no launch.

      They have less than $1 million out of the ridiculously optimistic $6 billion. The "non-profit" is run from a tiny office by three guys, none of whom has any experience in rocketry. Their initial road map had a communication satellite scheduled in 2014, something feasible even for a uni.

      Even if it were much more achievable private orbital space station or building a base on the Moon, they wouldn't get very far. Too bad the high proportion of Aussies indicates we're one of the most gullible nations on this planet.

      Last edited 17/02/15 2:52 pm

    This is a reality TV thing?
    Anyone else have this come to mind?

    As fascinating as this sounds, one would have to question the legality of sending 24 people (however willing) to their inevitable death?

      If the justice and legal system is any indication, I'm sure with $8 Billion that will be the least of their concerns


    I've got my Mars landing certificate from NASA - having my name placed there on DVD-ROM during the 2003 Mars mission.

    It's "the quick and the dead"... literally!!!

    "One Hundred Extra-ordinary Citizens"?? More like one hundred 24 carat nuts. One hundred villages somewhere are being deprived of an idiot. Does any sane person really believe that this is a real project? This is a set-up for a reality program. You know, "I'm a celebrity, get me to Mars".

    Well, if Hollywood has taught us anything, it's that if there's an Australian on the mission they'll either be the prodigy-turned-villain, or they'll make an excellent showing as helpful deus ex machina/ensemble contributor for various problems up until their inevitable demise, setting the stage for the American hero and his leading lady to claim victory.

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