April 22nd, 2013
04:25 PM ET

A one-way ticket to Mars, apply now

Step right up and prove why you should get a one-way ticket to Mars! But wait - you might want to know a little more about this venture first.

A Dutch company called Mars One is looking for volunteer astronauts to fly to Mars. The search began Monday. Departure for the Red Planet is scheduled for 2022, landing seven months later in 2023.

The space travelers will return ... never. They will finish out their lives on Mars and die there, representatives from the nonprofit organization said.

"It's likely that there will be a crematorium," said CEO Bas Lansdorp. "It's up to the people on Mars to decide what to do with their dead."

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  1. bali

    This is great, human race only salvation to advance in science rather than war + greed + religion. On the other note, it will be better for humans to improve their genes to live longer in terms of earth life. That will help with the space travel.

    April 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
  2. Nathan

    You can hitch a ride with the Ruskies for around a million dollars USD and also have a way back to the earth.

    April 24, 2013 at 4:21 pm |
  3. Nathan

    Only a 1 way ticket with no way back. That doesn't sound all that fun.

    April 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm |
  4. Thomas

    Would be fun but would also take too long to get there...

    April 23, 2013 at 11:52 pm |
    • Jeff

      Not if you went in an airplane. Those things are fast. We flew to Arizona last summer and it only took 4 hours. Usually is a 7 hour drive or more in my Buick. I may sign up for it. Less than $40 to submit an application and if accepted I'll be a hero. Like that astronaut Lance Armstrong or John Glenn.

      April 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm |
  5. Mark

    The gayest planet is not Mars. It is Uranus.

    April 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • Thomas

      No planet is gay, they're just lumps of rock!!!

      April 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
    • Clifford the big, red penis

      No one wants to explore Uranus, so stop asking.

      April 29, 2013 at 11:29 am |
  6. Buck Rogers

    There is no reason to fake a Mars visit – none. We know we can't make it, and we're already faking it, so let's just be happy with the current CG program NASA/JPL has in place and let that be that....

    http://www.fountainsofthegreatdeep.com/Mars.htm

    April 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
    • Matthew Black

      'CG' space program?' Another Conspiracy clown – just what we don't need. People launching on rockets is REAL – I've seen several launches. Look for a website called 'Heavens Above.com and it will tell you how to WATCH satellites flying over YOUR city. Buy a telescope and look at the REAL planets and Moons. LEARN – don't just read conspiracy cancer on the World Wide Weird.

      April 27, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
      • AstroTurf

        I thought that site was to tell where the ISS is?

        April 29, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
      • Matthew Black

        Heavens Above.com has a selection of spacecraft and satellites you can follow, including Hubble, the Chinese Tiangong 1 station, some weather satellites and a selection of old Russian rocket upper stages etc!!

        April 30, 2013 at 7:45 am |
  7. Teacher

    I doubt this will actually be done. It would be interesting though. Would get many children interested in science and math.

    April 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
  8. Victor

    Based the responses so far, I'm ashamed to be the same species as you all.

    April 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  9. Matthew Black

    Judging by the first 4 posts, I see the standard of people commenting in the CNN comments sections is about as high as it ever is – pathetic. Sigh...

    April 23, 2013 at 6:40 am |
    • Elroy Jetson

      Oh Matthew, I hear your sigh, and raise you a giggle. That's not too gay for you, is it?

      April 29, 2013 at 8:24 am |
  10. Mohamed Ahmed Ali

    I love mars

    April 23, 2013 at 3:47 am |
  11. Dan

    I bet they'll just fake it like NASA did the Apollo moon missions.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm |
  12. Astrophysicist

    I also heard it closes in the wintertime. All the amusement parks and restaurants are closed up tight as a drum. It's just a waste of time to even go there.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Mars is gay. It's a gay planet.

    April 22, 2013 at 9:07 pm |

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