May 10th, 2013
04:22 PM ET

What's new on Mars: 78,000 apply to go

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

Leave it all behind and start anew on a planet no humans have occupied - how does that sound? More than 78,000 people applied to go on a one-way trip to Mars, through Mars One, an organization aiming to put four people on the Red Planet by 2023.

Apparently, they are unfazed by the idea that they can never come back or that taking showers on the way there would not be an option.

The applications came from more than 120 countries, although the United States led with 17,324 applications, the Dutch company said.

Said CEO Bas Lansdorp in a statement: “Mars One is a mission representing all humanity, and its true spirit will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented. I’m proud that this is exactly what we see happening."

It's unclear whether enough money will be raised to actually fulfill the plan. There are also practical issues: Can the kinks in having a sustainable system for people to survive in such a harsh environment be worked out by 2023?

It's not too late to apply - applications will be accepted until August 31.

More on this story

What Buzz Aldrin wants

Meanwhile, Buzz Aldrin has also caught Mars fever. He said in an exclusive CNN Light Years commentary that the United States should make a commitment to going to Mars.

"There’s a window of opportunity ahead for a bold, Kennedy-like proclamation that placed the nation in the 1960s on a moon-bound trajectory: 'I believe this nation should commit itself, within two decades, to commencing American permanence on the planet Mars,' " he wrote.

He advocates for a permanent human presence on Mars by the 2030 to 2040 decade. If Mars One's vision comes true, that could happen even earlier - but, again, the money and the technology need to be there to make it happen.

What Curiosity is doing

Right now, NASA's intrepid rover Curiosity is already on the planet. The 2-ton machine has been using its sophisticated tool kit seeking evidence that Mars was once habitable.

Curiosity has been taking a four-week vacation to get some upgrades on its operating software. During this time, the rover still gathered data on the planet's atmosphere. Mission specialists did not tell the rover to move, however. Because of the relative positions of our planet, Mars and the sun, the commands might have been blocked or corrupted.

In the coming days, Curiosity will begin moving again toward a new target, which scientists have named Cumberland. This will serve as the second place for Curiosity to try out its drill. The first drilling activity, at a rock called John Klein, brought up evidence that microbial life could have lived on the planet.

These two drilling sites are similar and are nine feet apart. An important distinction is that Cumberland seems to have more granules that cause clumps of minerals, called concretions, that formed when the rock was soaked in water long ago.

The Science Seat will return next week.

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  1. Space

    First we need to set up a closed ecosystem on earth. Then we can move on to the moon. Going straight to Mars makes no sense.

    Stop wasting your time putting up unoriginal comments about sending the Obama administration to Mars. Personally I couldn't be happy with them still in our solar system.

    May 11, 2013 at 8:44 am |
    • Nate

      I think this is so neat if it isn't a hoax. I think you pay $35 for them to process your application. Several million people send in their money then when 2023 rolls around they can just say "sorry – we didn't get enough funding". If its legit then it's awesome – but almost sounds like an easy scam to raise lots of cash and retire to Bahamas.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • deep blue

      The gravity on Luna is too low. Mars is much larger. Bone density would deteriorate too quickly on the moon.

      May 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm |
    • Chan

      Mars is for f a g s.

      May 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
  2. astronut

    anyone will take a first class ticket to NOWHERE rather than put up with this communist govt. we have down here!!!

    May 11, 2013 at 8:36 am |
    • Damocles

      AstroNUT is appropriate

      May 11, 2013 at 9:35 am |
    • Jeff

      I think this is so neat if it isn't a hoax. I think you pay $35 for them to process your application. Several million people send in their money then when 2023 rolls around they can just say "sorry – we didn't get enough funding". If its legit then it's awesome – but almost sounds like an easy scam to raise lots of cash and retire to Bahamas.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  3. astronut

    shows what most any Amurican would endure to get away from the Obama government!

    May 11, 2013 at 8:10 am |
    • Mycenia

      Or ignorant conservatives... take your pick.

      May 11, 2013 at 8:53 am |
      • King Barry

        No one is going to Mars till Barry can figure out how to tax them once they arrive.

        May 12, 2013 at 8:38 am |
    • Will

      Luckily pigfhucking whitebread tea baggers are dying off. Too bad there isn't another General William T Sherman to help hurry along the process.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm |
      • King Barry

        Do you kiss your boyfriend with that mouth?

        May 12, 2013 at 8:41 am |
  4. Jim

    There is no Mars. This is the government trying to blind you to the truth; earth is the only planet and god made it for us.

    May 11, 2013 at 7:17 am |
    • Tony

      Far Out man !!!!

      May 11, 2013 at 7:38 am |
    • trollol

      I suppose the space station is an abomination then.

      May 11, 2013 at 7:47 am |
      • Jeff

        nope. It is just a constipated fantasy.

        May 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
    • snowboarder

      funny, but i remember an old foxnews poster that actually believed that there wasn't anything beyond this planet.

      May 11, 2013 at 9:38 am |
    • Ze

      If your comment is was not meant as "sarcasm"

      Then your Intellectual disability should prohibit you from ever uttering a single thought to any individual with an IQ greater then a single cell organism

      May 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
  5. Andi

    We can totally do this, though, having people there by 2023 seems to me an unnecessary waste of lives. 2050 to 2060 is a better time frame for starting colonization. Since we just sent this last rover successfully we should build at least a dozen or two and send them to do more experiments and also scout out where the best place for our colony building site would be. Do that in the next decade or so. Meanwhile we develop new classes of robotic worker rovers that act as support for larger remote drilling rigs that we deploy once we know exactly where we want to build. Then we drill out tunnels and create spaces. Do that for three decades. Then in the 2050's we start sending people, maybe a dozen or so and they seal off the tunnels and install life support systems and set up hydro gardens and so on. Then we send more equipment and more people and by that time we should have developed space shuttles that can make the round trip, sometime around 2060 to 2070. We could have a few hundred people living there by the turn of the next century. This way no one has to go on a one way trip.
    The best way to fund this is by getting all the major powers on earth to agree to a 10% budget diversion from their militaries, they would still get value from this money in technological spin offs. Yes things will go wrong, and yes people will inevitably die, just like when we colonized any other place but sending people on a one way trip too soon is a foolish thing to do.

    May 11, 2013 at 5:50 am |
    • unowhoitsme

      It's a suicide mission. Isn't suicide illegal?

      May 11, 2013 at 6:55 am |
      • Chan

        I think it is both illegal and gay.

        May 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm |
    • Kienne

      They should start by building a prison system there for all the world's worst criminal's, murderers, and terrorists... Now that would really be helpful wouldn't it!?

      May 11, 2013 at 7:20 am |
      • fidgepiddy

        I think that's how Australia started, and the state of Georgia in the US.

        May 11, 2013 at 9:58 am |
    • Oscar Pitchfork

      Ok, schmuck, try to follow this: Mars has NOTHING! Nothing to grow in, nothing to burn, no sources of energy,except solar, and it's much less than on Earth. Ambient temps are that of dry ice, -125F. Thin atmosphere means everything you bring (and you'd have to bring everything!) would have to land on descent rockets. Couldn't use parachutes of wings. To even thing of colonizing mars would require a Nimitz-class ship carrying everything you'd need, including the nuclear reactor components you'd need for electricity generation, to power your robots, hydroponics, etc. It all goes back to energy, and heat generation. And anyone they send to mars is CERTAINILY going to die there, after the first thing they didn't think of fails.

      May 11, 2013 at 7:54 am |
      • Mycenia

        Maybe if you landed on the poles. Even with its added distance, low thermal inertia gives it a temperature range of roughly 80F to -250F. As far as energy sources go, nuclear power seems to be the obvious choice. However, you seem to have forgotten another logical source: wind. With a properly chosen site, both wind, solar, and natural gas can be utilized. Living on Mars would be akin to living in Antarctica, without the benefit of rescue helicopters.

        May 11, 2013 at 8:51 am |
      • Andi

        Try to follow this: 2013 years ago we were at a certain point of technological know how, it took us over a thousand years to double that know how, and then hundreds of years to double it again and so on, by the 1900's we were flying, from the beginning of WW I (bi-planes) to the end of WW II (jets) tech doubled again, the learning curve is speeding up, in my lifetime technology has doubled many times. The last rover we sent is bigger than a Suburban SUV and weighs almost 2000 pounds and we landed it successfully using a sky crane. In 50 to a 100 years tech will have doubled many more times and there will be solutions to the problems that stop us from doing it now.

        May 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm |
      • deep blue

        There is no natural gas on Mars.

        May 11, 2013 at 9:15 pm |
    • stephen

      why would you want to take money from our military when we don't have enough to support our mililtary.

      May 11, 2013 at 9:15 am |
      • snowboarder

        don't have enough money to support our military? is that a joke? we spend more on military than the next 10 nations combined.

        May 11, 2013 at 9:42 am |
      • Andi

        The worlds top 15 military powers spend over 1.4 trillion dollars a year, so 10 percent would be over 140 billion dollars a year. The Curiosity rover cost 2.5 billion, with 140 billion we could send 56 rovers, even with half of that we could send 28 rovers, and that's just in one year.

        May 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • Jeff

      I think this is so neat if it isn't a hoax. I think you pay $35 for them to process your application. Several million people send in their money then when 2023 rolls around they can just say "sorry – we didn't get enough funding". If its legit then it's awesome – but almost sounds like an easy scam to raise lots of cash and retire to Bahamas.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm |
  6. M.A.P. (Mothers against poo)

    Send a big pile of human waste there first so we feel at home when we get there.

    May 11, 2013 at 5:42 am |
  7. Foreverwar

    I signed up Rush Limbaugh to go.

    May 11, 2013 at 5:26 am |
  8. kevin

    At some point they'd be 230 million miles from home – that's a LONG way.

    May 11, 2013 at 4:20 am |
  9. Carl

    "Apparently, they are unfazed by the idea that they can never come back or that taking showers there would not be an option"

    Sounds a lot like my Uncle Fred when he left his wife and became a bum.

    May 11, 2013 at 3:18 am |
  10. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Send the Mormons, so they can claim it was the true sight of Garden of Eden, cause right now they seem to be under the delusion that Missouri is the sight of Garden of Eden....

    May 11, 2013 at 3:06 am |
  11. momx4

    Didn't they watch Total Recall?

    May 11, 2013 at 2:13 am |
    • kal

      It will be a one way trip because the radiation on mars will kill you. Mars does not have magnetic core to produce a magnetic field like Earth to keep out the cosmic rays. You will need to live underground not in these white huts that cannot protect you against the high energy cosmic rays. If you are going to live underground then you might as well live in a mine shaft here on Earth and get the same "Mars experience" for a lot less money.

      May 11, 2013 at 3:42 am |
  12. Plutogirl

    Please send Kate Do Nothing Middleton. She's of no use here, and too many trees are cut down to print pictures of her ugly mug everywhere.

    May 11, 2013 at 1:56 am |
    • Demigod Vadik, CA

      Stop hating on Kate, shes a good woman...

      May 11, 2013 at 3:07 am |
  13. Lucy Morton

    Are the Obama's on that list? May be they want to after today

    May 11, 2013 at 1:51 am |
    • B

      No. All 78,000 are Fox viewers. The new colony will be called Dumbfuskistan.

      May 11, 2013 at 4:30 am |
  14. Rogue351

    I agree 100% put American behind something other than social networks, the stock markets or the next war. Set a goal for the country. It will create jobs, spur education and possibly bring people and nations together. Government and private companies working together . Of course oversight on the oversight so we don't pay $800 for a hammer. If done correctly could actually clean up government. It is better to try and fail then to never have tried at all and learn nothing from the experience.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:54 am |
    • janey33

      Why would you want to try to live on Mars?? I do like the idea of cleaniing up government...send Obama and his entire administration there.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:05 am |
      • Mike in SWFL

        I dunno, maybe to, you know, spread out into the universe so there's a chance at survival elsewhere in case something gets screwed up here? Or maybe because developing the tech to get a colony there safely and getting it up and running effectively and efficiently translates into technological benefits back here on Earth. But I guess you didn't think about those kinds of things since your brain was too busy pondering unimaginative cheap shots at the President.

        May 11, 2013 at 2:08 am |
      • Dale

        Apparently you forgot the Obama's will not be in the White House in 2023.

        May 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
  15. bryan

    I wonder if any of the 78,00 applicants has ever watched survivor on CBS? Those people can't even survive on tropical paradises, laden with coconuts, fresh water, wildlife, and fish in the sea. If they were not given food and water they would all die. Only about 1 in 20 even has watched or read a survival video / booklet and learned how to make a fire. Now, explain to me how these people going to Mars are going to survive a week when their packed lunches are gone? They can't grow food, as it is too cold and there is no water. There are no animals or seafood to sustain them. The air temperature is so cold it is like Antarctica. There will be no help from "home" One week...thats all the time I give them, good luck fools! People are comparing this to the voyages of discovery here on earth? oh please.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:45 am |
    • bryan

      oh and lets not forget there is no air! so they have to live their lives in a small tin can that was dropped there for them as a home. and if the heating system or oxygen generators give out? screwed. where do they get water from? What they take with them won't last long, and I would not bet my life on "supply drops". Absolutely no way to sustain yourself independently.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:56 am |
    • Rick Springfield

      Send the morbidly obese guy. He just take vitamins for the entire voyage and no food. He would do just fine that way. I man Mary Anne had to be making him coconut pies on the side for him to not loose weight stranded on that island. Imagine what he would look like 300 lbs lighter by the time he got there?

      May 11, 2013 at 1:29 am |
  16. Russ

    Put Jodi Arias on Mars. She has no use here.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:44 am |
  17. reaper19

    How about 78k illegals? Instead of taking over America, they can take over an entire planet.

    May 11, 2013 at 12:23 am |
    • janey33

      Sounds good to me.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:01 am |
    • Carl

      There is no landscaping on Mars.

      May 11, 2013 at 3:23 am |

    any idea what the onboard movies might be?

    May 11, 2013 at 12:12 am |
    • Jerry

      "Ishtar" & "Heaven's Gate"; they won't take up the entire 6 months of the trip – but they'll seem like it.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:41 am |
    • Brian

      War of the Worlds lmao

      May 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
  19. khalie

    ONLy there dummies will arrive there.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • janey33

      I think you need to proofread your posting.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:35 am |
  20. bob

    OH PLEAASE! PLEEASE!! Just put a bunch of these criminals here in California that we apparently can't afford to house in prison anymore on a rocket and let them fend for themselves on Mars!!

    May 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
  21. Chiku

    I'm surprised it wasn't 78 million.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:17 pm |
  22. Louis Tristan

    Zero unemployment on Mars. Have work will travel.
    This is one way to have the long unanswered question answered.

    Are we alone in the universe?

    Just put the new applicants on Mars and ask again.

    May 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
  23. vvv

    So cops now please catch these 78,000 suiciders.......It is a crime to commit suicide in most countries.

    May 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • randar

      iligal in most yes , but it's a dutch company , the dutch allow suicide, a very atheist country as well , but on the other hand they sended people in de past for years confined in ships abroad to discover the world hence they started new york would be funny if they pull this off.

      May 10, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
      • Yea right

        I've heard the Dutch referred to as compassionate. I call bull! They would not only take all of these suicidal people and assist them, they would watch them.

        May 11, 2013 at 1:19 am |
    • GEdwards

      Mars isn't a country. Whoever shows up first can set their own laws.


      May 10, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
    • janey33

      Yea right...So you know a lot of Dutch people?? You are wrong. I'm sure there are some that way, but as a whole, they just have had to be more resourceful and practical, so may seem less compassionate to someone who does not know them.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:46 am |
  24. Robert Shepherd

    This is getting ridiculous.. You people need to get over yourselves, and fast. Reality check: Where would we be as a species, had we not decided to leave our comfort zone and go where others have dared not go?

    All I see as I read these comments, are a bunch of ignorant stooges who think they are better than anyone else. Everyone is bringing religion and politics into this, when in reality, this is something we should be doing for the good of humanity. "One small step for Man, and one giant leap for Mankind."

    You call these people idiots for signing up, but who are you to decide whats right or wrong. This isn't something that should be done just to get your name out there. We need to do this to show ourselves that we as a species have yet to reach our peak potential. We need to challenge not just ourselves but all of humanity. To prove that we, as a unified race, have the potential to overcome, and to go where others dare not.

    It's time to leave our safety net behind. I read a comment saying how wrong people were to try this simply because there wouldn't be any medical professionals to treat a broken bone or a heart attack. This, in itself, is ludicrous. How long have Humans survived without our current knowledge of medicine? Yes, people may die, but just for a minute, think about what we could possibly achieve. Open your mind for once in your pathetic miniscule life, and think of what could be done for our species.

    Is this what Humanity has become? Nothing but a bunch of spineless cowards who no longer wish to achieve greatness simply because the road may be a bit bumpy. We have become but a fraction of our former greatness. What happened to the fearless and brave that perceive no limit to their potential?

    I challenge you all, break away from you comfort zone for once in your life. Do something not for yourself, but for your people. Think of what could be achieved if we simply put our heads together, put our fears behind us, and take that first step to greatness. Yes, many of you will not even read my comment. Many of you will think of witty retorts to try and bring me down, or find flaws in what I have typed. But maybe, just maybe, someone out there will wake up and see what potential lies in us all. Even you naysayers have it in you to do great things, all you have to do is try..

    May 10, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • Jose

      Sounds challenging enough for me! Where do I sign up?

      May 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm |
    • Nobel

      You're so pathetic, Mr Shepherd.

      May 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
      • Robert Shepherd

        So it may seem, Mr. Nobel. Yet at least I aspire to do good things. Not just for myself, but for everyone, regardless of race or religion. You may judge me as you wish. I know who I am and what my potential is. Can you say the same for yourself, Mr. Nobel?

        May 10, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
    • janey33

      Have you signed up?? Why would you want to go? It's uninhabitable.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:02 am |
    • sassera

      I agree... most people ignore the possibilities here... thank you for stating so eloquently what can be gained by this type of exploration. Glad to know there are bright minds out there!

      May 11, 2013 at 2:48 am |
    • worldcares

      You state a passion. Have you ever gone on a visual quest?

      May 11, 2013 at 4:05 am |
    • Chi-Town Vet

      Well said Robert.

      May 11, 2013 at 5:36 am |
    • adam

      There are limitations, and living on Mars is one. Migration on Earth is a lot safer and easier than migration to another planet, where the environment is deadly. What will be next, migration to the Sun.

      May 11, 2013 at 6:15 am |
    • Mevelyn Franco

      Are you one of the 78,000 people to go to Mars, then I say Good Luck.

      May 11, 2013 at 9:06 am |
    • Nepotisto

      Pearls before swine, mah man. Remember where you are; this is CNN Comment-o-dome. Stupidity is listening, and will take the first one who speaks sensibly.

      May 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
  25. Roy

    Put all the members of the US congress at the head of the line to board first.

    May 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
  26. mr sensitive

    Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids

    May 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
    • bubba's cousin

      In fact it's cold as hell

      May 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
      • sparky

        And there's no one there to raise them if you did

        May 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
    • sassera

      Elton John should not be taken literally! lol

      May 11, 2013 at 2:57 am |
  27. Freddo

    Interesting mission ... to qualify, you have to FAIL the psych test.

    Buyer's remorse will be a painful reality... a one-way ticket? Egad.

    And since this is a private group, it will be "hilarious" when they run out of funding ... the last transmission will be something along the lines of ... "we've run out of money, so we won't be sending anymore supplies ... best of luck!

    May 10, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
    • CurmudgeonTx

      Best of luck, and thanks for all the fish.

      May 10, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
  28. mr sensitive

    I declined my acceptance because it was non-smoking and no window seats

    May 10, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
  29. cjccja

    I think this group has a web site and some non-paid staff. What they need is money and lots of it. There is no why they will ever sell enough TV shoes to pay for this, jst not going to happen.

    Of all those people who signed up, they know they are not going. I thought about signing up too, just to get my name on the list. It would be cool.

    That said. I REALLY want to believe this is going to work. I'd even help (I've worked in the space biz for 30 years.) It's a great idea but they just don't have a chance in the world to get enough money to pay for it.

    May 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
  30. Greg

    Send the Westboro Baptist "Church" there...

    May 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
    • janey33

      Great idea.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:37 am |
  31. Yeeper

    I hope most of the applicants are atheists, good riddance.

    May 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
    • White Man

      Any Atheist that goes would probably do so in order to get away from the mass hysteria of religious zealots that think an invisible man is watching their every move and listening to your thoughts. Any 5 year old knows better.

      May 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
      • janey33

        White Man...It is you who does not know better. Christians do not think that a an invisible man is watching over them...they KNOW that God exists because they have a personal relationship with Him. Since you don't believe in Him you could never know what that is like, so you have to put down those who do. How very tolerant and mature of you. Any 5-year-old has better manners.

        May 11, 2013 at 1:14 am |
    • Mal

      And of course some whackjob schizo bible thumper IMMEDIATELY takes the opportunity, on a science article, to spread hate and intolerance. Which is not only stupid but is off topic. Way to represent christians, dude.

      May 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
      • cjccja

        Did he say he was Christian? He only implied he hates Atheists. He might be a Satanist. Who knows

        May 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
  32. Ashish

    Robert Vadhera has already booked tickets with DLF directors, once on mars they will acquire prime prperties for hotel , malls. Vijay Malya and Praful Patel are in talks with. Mars Air carrier company to plan and start their own airline for taking passenger to Mars. Subroto Roy of Sahara and Sudipta Sen of sardhna chit fund and her officer debjani are planning to start a Bank at Mars. Pawan Bansal may permanently shift to Mars if he is promised Railway Minister post. Kalmadi has already purchased ticket to Mars to look into possibility of beginning commonwealth Games

    May 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm |
  33. jimmy

    kinda cool but so damn weird

    May 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
  34. ben

    is it possible to get on internet ? then i will apply.

    May 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • CurmudgeonTx

      Sure, Internet would be available...but the ping time would be to the magnitude of 20 real time anything.

      May 10, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
  35. Jarno

    While I wish all the success for this endeavor, I am highly skeptical. Even the most inhospitable environments on Earth are a thousand fold more hospitable than anywhere on Mars. I wonder if any of the applicants truly understand what they are volunteering for. They would be living the rest of their lives in rather small confined spaces, never being able to go outside without a space suit, and even then, they'd probably have to stick to night time walks outside, because Mars lacks the protective magnetic field that we have. Energetic particles would bombard them constantly, and unless those habitats are thickly led-lined or something like that, they'd most probably end their days early with cancer.

    That is, if they managed to survive long enough to get cancer. They would be completely dependent on regular supplies sent to them from Earth, so they'd better hope that the project will keep getting funded for the rest of their lives.

    The only way I'd volunteer on that mission was if I knew that I had only a short time to live anyway, due to some terminal disease. But they are, presumably, looking for healthy volunteers.

    Sure, being the first people to set foot on Mars, to visit another planet – that would be amazing. But without a return ticket, I'll pass on the adventure.

    May 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm |
    • CurmudgeonTx

      Electromagnetic fields would most likely be used for shielding from radiation. That is transportable in a suit, especially considering the lower gravity, but would take power to keep running.

      May 10, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
  36. John santes

    It'll be full of Mexicans in a year!

    May 10, 2013 at 9:06 pm |
    • White Man

      My guess would be that it will be taken over by blacks. Car jacking the lunar lander with no real place to get away

      May 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
      • al

        my thoughts

        May 10, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
      • Rogue351

        Hate much ?

        May 11, 2013 at 1:02 am |
    • King Barry

      "scuze me Senor! Is very cold here! Please you send me back to Tiajuana?!"

      May 12, 2013 at 8:48 am |
  37. Bill

    All 17,324 Americans voted for Obama, no doubt.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
    • Joe


      May 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm |
    • Apex301

      Lame attempt at humor?

      May 10, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
      • Steve P

        Yeah, it was pretty lame. Neither witty nor clever. Just bitter.

        May 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
      • al

        but it's ok to make fun of Mexicans.

        May 10, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • DonnieH

      It was the Republican's boy Newt Gingrich that said he would have moon colonies if elected in 2012 and the mouth breathers in the crowd cheered and thought it was a great idea.

      May 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
  38. Chris

    Not surprising at all. There are 2 many to count that have diseases that r not curable. Yes, some of the applicants are probably people they would never accept, but if I knew I was dying, no cure, it would be an option to make a name for my the very least set them up financially for life. Most of these comments are stupid so far. Win win.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
  39. gore

    We should send the whole kardashian clan.

    May 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • White Man

      Not a bad idea. Maybe they can tow all of the Real Housewives along

      May 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
    • BadaBing

      Hopefully gun-nut Wayne Lapierre will be sent.

      May 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
  40. Nabs

    Let these 78k people go through a test of conditions on Mars and see the number of applications. They think this is a vacation trip?

    May 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
  41. Matt

    Uh, where do I sign my mother-in-law up for a one way trip to Mars?

    May 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • haha

      love it! classic

      May 11, 2013 at 12:44 am |
  42. Adamma

    This could be a disaster... Freaking going to mars "reality TV" style... 4 people make a 1/2 A$$ed attempt to reach Mars for the least amount of money possible, end up dyeing in some horrible way.. suffocating slowly in space.. live on TV comes to mind. And the world shy's away from space exploration for another 50 years, and continues to desecrate pollute and overpopulate our one little piece of land in the universe.

    May 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • Nepotisto

      Sure, but the ratings will be FANTASTIC!!!!

      May 11, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
    • A.NBBB

      Why such pessimism?

      May 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
  43. LeetLib

    Fundamentally, this mission has one glaring catch-22:

    Applicants must be free from any psychiatric disorders. Applying for this mission is evidence of a psychiatric disorder.

    May 10, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • lou

      Very clever, funny and true.

      May 10, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
      • jimmy

        yeahhhhh sounds like innosence

        May 10, 2013 at 9:27 pm |
    • Yeeper

      Does that mean no atheists are allowed? Dang i thought we would get rid of them.

      May 10, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
      • White Man

        Atheists have a psych disorder? that is hilariously ironic. The god believers are all delusional by definition.

        DELUSION: "A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary."

        May 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm |
      • janey33

        Not delusional at all. Just because you do not believe in God does not mean at all that He doesn't exist. It just means that you choose not to acknowledge Him. Those that know He exists have proof. They understand what you refuse to believe. Christians don't care at all if you believe or not, so why do you care? It has nothing to do with you. Your hatred is sad.

        May 11, 2013 at 1:32 am |
      • LeetLib

        There is zero evidence to the contrary. Try again.

        May 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
  44. miky

    What about Busch ???

    May 10, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • Walter

      Anheuser or Gardens?

      May 10, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
      • janey33

        Ha! I thought of that, too. You would think that after eight years of him, Miky would know how to spell his name.

        May 11, 2013 at 1:49 am |
  45. nc_mike

    Who will be the first to bear a child and produce the first native Martian?

    May 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • Joe

      Would that make them an "Alien"?

      May 10, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
  46. bro

    I agree with another comment, would be better to send 6 billion on a one way trip so we can repair our earth to be livable again

    May 10, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • CurmudgeonTx can stay behind on the planet that will be stripped of all natural resources to provide transport and lodging on another planet for that number of people...Oh, and gotta mention the depleted seas and atmosphere it would take...Welcome to your new (no longer blue) planet.

      May 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
  47. Jim


    May 10, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
  48. Dean

    Please tell me that Obama will be on the first ship out>.....

    May 10, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • Joe

      I was thinking the same about you. Problem is you'll just bit ch about the next president anyways, so climb aboard and put us out of your misery!!!

      May 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm |
  49. Susan

    Wish we could send around 6 billion people to

    May 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Dave

      You and the other guy could voluntarily remove yourselves from the gene pool. Big change starts with small gestures

      May 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
  50. MikeT

    And what happens to you if you break a bone, have a heart attack, have a stroke, have dental issues, etc, etc, etc..... and there isn't adequate doctors, etc of all types? Might as well consider it a suicide misison.... and maybe a long drown out painful suicide at that......

    May 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
    • bro

      Its true but remember there are a whole bunch with very low mentality on this plant, thats why those are the ones to send

      May 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • White Man

      It will not be a painful death, count on that. The mission's med kit will have some sort of assisted suicide medicine

      May 10, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
      • CurmudgeonTx

        It is called taking a walk for a bit of fresh air.

        May 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
  51. dscon

    PHONE home.

    May 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm |
  52. MagicPanties

    Hot damn, if I were younger, there is no doubt I'd vie for the opportunity.
    I'd much rather be getting old on Mars.

    May 10, 2013 at 7:17 pm |
    • J-Pap

      Now would you age on martian time or earth time? Hmmm

      May 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm |
  53. Jeebuss

    78,000 people eager to die a horrible death.

    May 10, 2013 at 7:03 pm |
  54. gv

    It would be awesome to snowboard the north pole then be the first to smash a chick on mars

    May 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm |
    • frmrma


      May 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
  55. Combo

    The democrats will go there and try to impose gun control

    May 10, 2013 at 6:50 pm |
    • USA1980

      Republicans will go there and tax everything..

      May 10, 2013 at 6:55 pm |
      • Dean

        And Democrats don't tax?

        May 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
      • White Man

        .. or create and adhere to some new fundamental religion BS

        May 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm |
      • BadaBing

        Maybe they can find a way to reverse Roe v Wade up there? That's on their campaign agenda every 4 yrs.

        May 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
      • lalaland

        will the jews try to sell air there?

        May 10, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
  56. GOP disembark your new home awaits...

    The origins of warped logic awaits.

    May 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm |
  57. darketernal

    Nice way to escape from the wife.

    May 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
  58. Gman

    I'd rather go to Uranus!

    May 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
    • Richard Conn Henry

      Up Uranas!

      May 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
  59. JB

    The first one's to go should be the GOP.

    May 10, 2013 at 6:10 pm |
    • Carol

      Palin, Cantor, Ryan, Rubio, Sanford, Boehner...... Just for starters

      May 10, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
      • White Man

        Please dont forget that freak McCain

        May 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm |
      • CurmudgeonTx

        I am guessing they would have a better chance as counting is most likely a requirement.

        May 10, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
    • TheChamp

      Well duh, it is the red planet after all. We will save Uranus for the Dems.

      May 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm |
      • Awesome

        Hahaha, ok...that was pretty funny.

        May 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • bro

      check the list of 78,000, Iam sure most are republicans, fits their mentality, act and think later

      May 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • janey33

      No, Obama and his entire administration. Good riddance.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:23 am |
  60. Shane

    Can I send my mother in law there??

    May 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
    • Yeeper

      Can we send all the atheists as well?

      May 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
      • Jeremy B

        All Hail the starship to Find the Flying Spaghetti Monster..

        May 11, 2013 at 12:38 am |
  61. Lexxvs

    And a 100,000 dumb people will make one millionaire. The best business is the one that sells what people really don't need. Furthermore, the one that brings up a new need to the market.

    May 10, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
  62. John Lubeck

    I don't want to go, but I can think of a lot of people I would like to send!!

    May 10, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
  63. Ty

    I would love to go, but i don't know what use i would be to the colony. Maybe i could be the Mars Colony's Massure

    May 10, 2013 at 6:00 pm |
    • Fuzzy Thinker

      You can be the mascot.

      May 10, 2013 at 6:49 pm |
      • CurmudgeonTx

        ...or run the red-light dome...

        May 10, 2013 at 10:24 pm |
  64. Davin

    I wouldn't live on any planet that doesn't have a Starbucks!

    May 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • White Man

      You could open the first. It will be a race between Starbucks, McDonalds, Google and that obnoxious Progressive Auto Insurance bimbo

      May 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
  65. don

    LOL, and the majority of them are a joke. For the real one, see ya. LOL

    May 10, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • TH

      The intend of the application fee is to reduce the applicants to the serious ones.

      May 10, 2013 at 6:41 pm |
  66. cpc65

    They all get there and realize it's all dudes.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
  67. GTA

    Can I use points?

    May 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
  68. Bill

    78,000 applicants.......I wonder how many of them are deadbeat dads, trying to get away from their child support payments??

    May 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
    • White Man

      Or guys trying to get as far away as possible from their ex wives

      May 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
  69. dd

    Anything to get away from the Obama Ineptocracy!

    May 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
  70. Joe

    My son, who is 12, would love to go. I have to admit, I would as well. Unfortunately, they already said they would not take relatives... bummer.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
  71. Fug Xu

    Build that lunar colony first so you can work out the kinks. At least there is a chance to save people on the moon...Mars is a suicide mission.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
    • Unlo4

      So was settling America by the Europeans, but people did it.

      May 11, 2013 at 12:03 am |
  72. JoshO

    70,000 people want to leave Earth forever. Wow. Does it suck that bad here?

    May 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • Michael

      Maybe they would rather be on UrAnus

      May 10, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
    • mgc6288

      Obamacare dude...

      May 10, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
  73. Drew

    I would happily go if the mission was something more like Mars Direct. You can't go to mars on 6 billion. These people are all going to die or never get off the ground.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  74. Bob Sider

    ... was Sarah Palin's application approved? One can only dream !!

    May 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm |
    • White Man

      That brings up an interesting thought. I wonder if someone could fill out the online application in her name ?

      May 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
      • janey33

        Or yours??

        May 11, 2013 at 1:00 am |
      • LeetLib

        @ janey33: The crew of this mission will not consist of any family members. It is rumored that White Woman is the current frontrunner, making White Man a no go.

        May 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
  75. Gary Walker

    Jews and Palestinians should be the first to go....maybe they can get along there!

    May 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • TH

      Dream on it will never happen, but it's a good idea. The idea behind making Mars One financially feasible is to create the biggest Big Brother type show of all time. The continuing dramas between the two groups will keep the TV ratings up for decades to come.

      May 10, 2013 at 6:53 pm |
  76. rob0rah

    No person of any religious affiliation whatsoever should even be considered or even allowed thereafter. Let Mars have a fresh start. Imagine.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm |
    • Me

      Especially atheism which is a belief system..

      May 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
      • J

        "Atheism is a belief system like bald is a hair color, like abstinence is a s-xual position, like off is a TV channel."

        May 10, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
      • Will S

        Atheism is a belief. It isn't well-fleshed out enough to be labeled as a "belief system".

        May 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm |
      • LeetLib

        Well, not really. Anyone who believes that God exists or that God does not exist has a religious belief system. That means all theists and most atheists have a belief system.

        Some atheists, however, neither believe that Gods exists nor that God does not exist; they choose to hold no belief on the matter. That type of atheism is not a belief system.

        May 10, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
      • White Man

        @LeetLib, I dont think there are flying, invisible, poisonous, pink Unicorns. Does that qualify as a belief system? Or is it just as nonsensical as a devotion to an invisible, angry, yet still loving, narcissistic god ?

        May 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
      • Jeremy B

        All Atheists believe in the FSM.. who by chance lives on mars...

        May 11, 2013 at 12:46 am |
      • Kara

        Atheism is not a belief system. It is an absence of belief.

        May 11, 2013 at 2:09 am |
      • LeetLib

        @White Man: That depends on your meaning. Consider the following two statements:

        1. I don't believe that unicorns exist.
        2. I believe that unicorns do not exist.

        These are NOT equivalent statements. The former is the lack of a belief. The latter is a belief. ANY kind of belief, whether random, faith-based, or evidence-based, is part of a belief system.

        May 11, 2013 at 3:31 pm |
    • Yeeper

      Good lets send every atheists to Mars then, good riddance.

      May 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm |
      • rob0rah

        Yep. Atheists would be the intelligent choice.

        May 10, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
      • Bib

        Amazing how the religious are the cowards who just want to sit on earth, suck their thumbs, argue about who's got the bigger god and blow each other up. In the meantime, the atheists of the world will continue to compound endless data to prove your religions more irrelevant than they already are. How about we send you religious out there and see if your genie in the sky can save you. He's all powerful, right? If it weren't for atheists you fools would still think the earth was flat and Mars was the brother of your god the sun. You live off of our intellect and scientific curiosity while you and all your forebears did nothing but try and suppress and kill the knowledge that continues to prove your deities are fairy tales. You people make me sick.

        May 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm |
    • janey33

      You get no arguement from me. Christians are going to a much better place. You can have Mars.

      May 11, 2013 at 1:56 am |
  77. Delynn

    I can think of several people I would like to see on that trip.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
  78. Freddie

    I don't want to go but can I volunteer some pain in the butt neighbors that deserve to be isolated from normal humankind.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
  79. Sunflower2

    No bathing??? EVER??? Gross....

    May 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
    • piranha

      Just lick yourself or each other.

      May 10, 2013 at 6:58 pm |
    • King Barry

      Only gross if you're not hot!

      May 12, 2013 at 8:54 am |
  80. Scott

    78,000 idiots and counting. This is nothing more than a scam to make money off of the application fees. It is not going to happen. None of these folks are going anywhere.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
    • capnmike

      And you know this how? I remember people laughing at the possibility of sending up an orbiting satellite. People like you are always blathering negative crap, because you haven't got the guts to do anything positive.

      May 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Sometimes

      Yeah. And the Earth is Flat. The Moon is Made of Cheese. Man Will Never Get in a Flying Machine.
      Sometimes scared people present themselves as nay-sayers to conceal their own fear.

      May 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • TH

      It has to start somewhere. Where would humans be if we've remained in Africa thousands of years ago? Where would the balance of power be over the last five centuries be if Europeans did not head Westward?

      May 10, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
      • HungandYoung

        Humankind started in mesopotamia, bro

        May 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
      • TA Martin

        @ HungandYoung : Humankind started in Africa, civilization started in Mesopotamia (and the Nile river valley; and the Yellow/Yangtze rivers in China) Please learn history before invoking it.

        May 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
      • Tim

        Well I guess we would be in..........Africa. 😛

        May 10, 2013 at 9:07 pm |
  81. piranha

    I wonder if Dominoes will deliver pizza to Mars.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • JoshO

      30 minutes or less..

      May 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
      • piranha

        Or its Free.

        May 10, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
      • Jeremy B

        Freeze Dried.. A rehydrated Pizza sounds ... like cardboard... wrong to do... like Flying one way to mars.. Book a return trip or don't go..

        May 11, 2013 at 12:43 am |
  82. AceGirlsHusband

    I am hoping that Dianne Feinstein will be the successful applicant.

    May 10, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
  83. Yeah about that

    Everyone that signed up will have a great TSA story to why they missed that flights comes 2024

    May 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  84. Fake It Good NASA!

    I'll go, only if NASA will give me a ride back to Vegas after the Mars 'shoot'.....

    May 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • darthcynic

      Forgive me for disturbing your conspiracist reverie but a fairly pertinent fact appears to have completely slipped your notice; an unfortunate hazard of the indulgence I know.

      You see, NASA has nothing to do with this, it's an independent private enterprise who has no apparent motivation to fake an actual mission or history of faking* to maintain. Thus your witty jibe at NASA's expense is rather, well rather empty and it's not NASA that looks the fool.

      Not that NASA has such a history in the real world though I understand that in Tall Tales of Conspiracy it does.

      May 10, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
      • Nepotisto

        You think that's a witty jibe? Man are your standards low.

        May 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
      • darthcynic


        Hence the following words you appear to have missed, "is rather, well rather empty and it's not NASA that looks the fool."

        Oh yes, and sarcasm.

        May 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
    • mr sensitive

      Sorry but this is a one way ticket... Only gambling you will be doing is arriving and surviving ...

      May 10, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
  85. Dave

    No thanks, ill stay on Earth.

    May 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Jeremy B

      BUT I heard your name in 2001 a Space Odyssey... What are you Doing Dave...?
      The Monolith Awaits you...

      May 11, 2013 at 12:40 am |
      • JBK

        .....Dave's not here...

        May 11, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • Jack of all trades

      Seriously people was it not bad enough that we screwed up earth? now we are going to go and screw up another planet? I mean was it not bad enough that we ruined the ozone and the climate? what is the deal? also who will be the president on Mars?

      May 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
    • King Barry

      I'm sorry, Dave. You can't do that.

      May 12, 2013 at 8:45 am |
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