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Mars Mission Now Accepting Applications

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 4/28/2013

  Calling all amateur astronauts.

  A new mission to Mars wants you!

  The Dutch company, "Mars One," is offering the chance to go to the red planet and build a human colony.

  But, you must be willing to leave your life on earth, forever.

  Zain Verjee explains.

  A one-way ticket to Mars.
  It sounds like Science Fiction, but it just became a realty.
  Mars One is accepting applications from interplanetary pioneers.

  You must be willing to go further than any human has ever been, to live on another world.

  The criteria: you need to be adaptable, resilient, resourceful and a team player.

  You would be the new Christopher Columbus or Magellan.

  But there are downsides, no oceans, no trees, no morning cup of coffee.
  Instead, dust storms, barren deserts, volcanos.
  And the biggest downside of all, you can never return.

  But Marsenorts won't be taking off anytime soon.

  First, they'll undergo eight years of intensive training, isolated from the rest of the world, learning to live in close spaces.

  They'll take off on their mission in 2022.

  No human has ever stepped foot on the "Red Planet."

  It could be you.  

  Mars One is a non-profit organization.

  It is relying on donations and sponsorships to fund the project.

  The group estimates the cost of putting the first four people on Mars.

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