So...who wants to live on Mars?

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    Jun 06, 2012 6:20 AM GMT
    This just seems incredibly depressing to me



    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/mars-one-one-way-ticket-red-planet-192011042.html

    Other than doing it for the sake of doing it and writing down on a textbook "and on X day we began to colonize Mars", what's actually the point of trying to live on this giant dry rock? Is it just me or the premise of traveling SEVEN MONTHS in a spaceship to live in isolation with a group of people in a place with no air, water, plants or animals sound like some heinous and gruesome punishment?
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    Jun 06, 2012 6:40 AM GMT
    How are they going to sustain that? No water, no food! Are they going to turn their excrement into edible matter?

    It seems pretty superficial to me, the novelty should have worn off before this was even taken seriously.

    The amount of money this will cost could do a ridiculous amount of good here on our planet. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 6:58 AM GMT
    Don't worry, some kind of catastrophic event will destroy our understanding of society before we make it to a sustainable existence on Mars.
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    Jun 06, 2012 7:03 AM GMT
    No supply of fine booties either? icon_cry.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 7:28 AM GMT
    How does water even factor in a situation like this? I mean obviously they have to haul all the water from Earth they need on that 7 month voyage. Then what? What if the craft has a leak and when it lands on Mars all the water spills, they're basically DEAD in like, 3 days. I guess showers are out of the question. Would they have to recycle their urine or something? How much water can they possibly haul out there....
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    Jun 06, 2012 7:38 AM GMT
    It looks awfully hot, dry and sunny there...I'm sure a lot of that water would be evaporating like crazy...god does anyone else's mouth suddenly feel dry? Mine does...oh god...not enough water...WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE, CAN'T YOU SEE??? WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!
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    Jun 06, 2012 7:46 AM GMT
    Only to have them probably go to war with us on Earth eventually down the line icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 10:16 AM GMT
    Ariodante said... what's actually the point of trying to live on this giant dry rock?
    I ask myself that question every day about people who live here in the desert. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 10:30 AM GMT
    Four replies and already you're talking about eating our own shit and bathing in our own urine. I hope you people don't work for a tourism board somewhere.
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    Jun 06, 2012 10:37 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidFour replies and already you're talking about eating our own shit and bathing in our own urine. I hope you people don't work for a tourism board somewhere.


    Send Bear Grylls, he'll make that shit last.
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    Jun 06, 2012 10:54 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidFour replies and already you're talking about eating our own shit and bathing in our own urine. I hope you people don't work for a tourism board somewhere.
    The water that's currently on the earth is the same water that's been here for billions of years. Therefore, we've been eating our own shit and bathing in our own urine since life started. Kind of weird to think we're still drinking the same water that stromatolites used to shit in. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 11:02 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Coach_Mike saidFour replies and already you're talking about eating our own shit and bathing in our own urine. I hope you people don't work for a tourism board somewhere.
    The water that's currently on the earth is the same water that's been here for billions of years. Therefore, we've been eating our own shit and bathing in our own urine since life started. Kind of weird to think we're still drinking the same water that stromatolites used to shit in. icon_lol.gif


    That would really freak me out if I knew wtf a stromatolite was.
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    Jun 06, 2012 11:13 AM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidFour replies and already you're talking about eating our own shit and bathing in our own urine. I hope you people don't work for a tourism board somewhere.

    Hey! I resent that. I can hope for a zombie apocalypse and still be good at my job.
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    Jun 06, 2012 11:53 AM GMT
    The Pilgrims also had a tough time of it, but in the end it proved worth it.
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    Jun 06, 2012 11:57 AM GMT
    Being an astronomy buff, I certianly find it intriguing and for scientific purposes, I think it could be very helpful.

    I think that to say, those participating will "spend the rest of their lives" there is a little much. I think to spend 5 or 10 years involved can make sense, but I can't imagine somebody leaving the Earth and family, knowing they will never return.
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:53 PM GMT
    Humans would all still be living in some isolated corner of Africa if some individuals had not taken the kinds of risks depicted here. Think of the first Asian explorers who migrated to North America 25,000 years ago. Or the first Europeans to check out North America 500 years ago. The first humans on Mars are in the same company.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:23 PM GMT
    the young guy sounded like he was giving book report in the fourth grade... and when you have a nobel prize winning theoretical physicist saying the event will dwarf the reality tv show big brother, you have a problem.
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    Jun 06, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    swimguychicago saidThe Pilgrims also had a tough time of it, but in the end it proved worth it.

    Yes, but they didn't have to worry about suffocating because some idiot broke a damn window.
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidThis just seems incredibly depressing to me

    to live in isolation with a group of people in a place with no air, water, plants or animals sound like some heinous and gruesome punishment?


    So, pretty much like moving to New York or Los Angeles.
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:20 PM GMT
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    Ariodante saidThis just seems incredibly depressing to me

    to live in isolation with a group of people in a place with no air, water, plants or animals sound like some heinous and gruesome punishment?


    So, pretty much like moving to New York or Los Angeles.


    Well, New York has Central Park at least.
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:33 PM GMT
    Nivek saidOr the first Europeans to check out North America 500 years ago. The first humans on Mars are in the same company.


    You just compared the wholesale genocide, religious indoctrination, cultural oppression and colonization of multiple indigenous cultures over several centuries to landing on some space rock where no intelligent life exists.

    Awesome.

    But, you are Canadian and cute, so we can let that one go.
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:39 PM GMT
    Ariodante saidIt looks awfully hot, dry and sunny there...I'm sure a lot of that water would be evaporating like crazy...god does anyone else's mouth suddenly feel dry? Mine does...oh god...not enough water...WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE, CAN'T YOU SEE??? WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!


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    Jun 06, 2012 3:40 PM GMT
    Potential for an intense spa-camp experience.
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    First to have sex with a martian is the winner!
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    Jun 06, 2012 3:55 PM GMT
    The space equivalent of vaporware.

    Anyone can say anything in a little video but we all know the odds of start-up success - add to that an outrageously expensive goal and no idea whether a media monetization strategy will work on the media that exist in the future (who knows what those will be) - I'm not sure what they're really after here other than some Youtube hits.

    "Written letters of interest" from suppliers? That plus $5 will get you a coffee at Starbucks.