Travelling is always such a pleasure and an opportunity to find your own self through novelty, and the unknown. Actually, the unknown character of a journey make you want to go through with it, to see what is on the other half of the road and how can and will it change you. But what if the Maldives, the Niagara Falls or the Castle of Count Dracula weren’t the destination? What if the destination was something out of the ordinary that confronts all your comfort zones and routines or commonness? A trip to Mars would certainly change that forever. And even if this theory sounded impossible until now, there are actually 24 people that will get to win the one way ticket to Mars. At the moment, the competition begins at 100 people that start their instruction days and training in the fall of 2015. The finalists, 12 men and 12 women will be leaving planet Earth in a life-long journey and accommodation on the red planet of the solar system.
The organization that is trying to colonize, explore and build on Mars is in fact a non-profit Dutch organization. Permanent relocation means a lot of work in order to be prepared to live on another planet that is so different from ours, but everything can be taught, for the well-being of humanity and for the sake of our higher selves. The ages of the contenders is found between 19 and 60 years old, and these 100 ones have been the semi-finalists out of 660 people who had the intention of leaving to Mars. For the purpose of becoming a finalist, they must prove their ability to work as a team and also independently. The last glance of the Earth will be possible for them in 2024, when they will finally leave it forever.
Mars One medical officer Norbert Kraft said in a statement that:
“Being one of the best individual candidates does not automatically make you the greatest team player, so I look forward to seeing how the candidates progress and work together in the upcoming challenges.”
The money that has been allocated to the first flight are counted but hopefully the budget will be more generous. $6 billion will be needed at the beginning, at which about $4 million will be added for each of those slated to follow every two years. Until then, a lot of new technology gaps will have to be solved, for example how to send supplies to the people on Mars, through rocket launches. Unfortunately, with the assets and resources that they have at this time, the Mars One is unfeasible.
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