A non-profit organization called Mars One has decided it is high time that we rocket-ship some humans over to the Red Planet to set up a colony. The catch? These people can never, ever return to Earth.
Surprisingly, or unsurprisingly depending on how you look at the human race, nearly 200,000 people applied for the job. Current technology can get them to Mars in about nine months, but there is nothing that can make the up for the decades they will be living - and dying - there.
The Guardian shared a quick look into the lives of three of the applicants, which you can view here.
Meet 3 of the 660 Applicants
Narrowed down from 200,000 applicants, 660 finalists are still in the running for a place on the 4-human space ship. Here are three of them:
Ryan: United Kingdom
A math whiz who wants to leave a legacy. He has no real emotional attachment to anyone save for his sister and grandparents and has never been kissed.
Dina: United States of America
Dina was born and raised in Iraq. Living unhappily under the demands of a conservative society, she left her family, friends, and home to move to America. She considers that move similar to a move to Mars. She'll never go back to Iraq and she cut all ties with anyone she knew from that life.
A young dreamer who worries about how sick this current world is. He is scared of the disease and war and wants to be the one to start human life on a new planet. He considers it 'God's will.'
Why I am a little freaked out by this:
First off, I just read a book called 'The Book of Strange New Things' that pretty much blew my post-Interstellar mind. (Read it!)
It's about a colony on a planet faaaar away filled with engineers and scientists that have criminal records or lives they want to forget. There are strict rules about how they can speak to each other in order to not ruffle any feathers. It was a delicate set-up and all of these people were completely emotion-less. Sure they would joke around, but there were no deep emotions allowed. Needless to say, the non-psychopathic people went crazy.
Now in my opinion, what makes us human is our ability to feel and act on an incredible range of emotion. To send people up into space to start an entirely new world who are devoid of emotion, who don't believe in love, who want a post office or holiday named after them one day - is this a good idea? What is the recipe for starting a successful civilization? How do we keep these people from not killing each other?