In 2012, the non-profit Mars One announced plans to colonize Mars and began accepting applications for the chance to be the first four Earthlings to live out the rest of their lives on the Red Planet. 200,000 people (including our very own Thairin Smothers) applied. Now it’s been winnowed down to 660 finalists, three of whom appear here, in a short YouTube documentary titled “If I Die On Mars.”
Ryan from the UK is a physics student/teacher who believes that the most important thing in life is to leave a legacy, and being in the first colony on Mars would be the best way for him to do that. He also says he’s never had sex or kissed another person. Dina from the US has already gone through the pain of leaving her family forever when she left Iraq’s oppressive culture and doesn’t feel that she will need a family to be able to survive. Jeremias from Mozambique believes that Earth is not a good place to live any more with too many problems that are impossible to solve and going to Mars would be a good way to solve problems by simply starting again from the beginning.
Would you go? Not sure I could spend the rest of my days with Ryan, but it’s an intriguing question. I think, ultimately, I might go.