February 17, 2015
This morning, Mars One, the nonprofit group aimed at establishing a human colony on Mars by 2025, announced its final 100 candidates for the one-way mission to Mars. The candidates have been narrowed down from the initial 200,000 applicants; in the end, 24 people will be chosen to make up the project’s six crews of four people each. While breaking this human barrier of our solar system seems like a notion realized only in dreams, Mars One hopes to make it a reality; however, the rest of the Internet community responded to this morning’s news with overwhelming skepticism and ridicule.
A few weeks ago, I was listening to a podcast (I can’t remember which one) in which a young woman expressed her excitement for being selected to move a step further towards her “dreams” of going to Mars. Now, at the time, I had already heard of some project that was focused on sending people to Mars, but didn’t really now much about it. While the podcast episode, in essence, gave me more insight on the details behind Mars One, the woman’s monologue made me fearful for the future of science and technology. This fear didn’t arise out of an opposition to innovation or of an opposition to humanity’s push into a new frontier; nay – rather, I was fearful of the project’s potential to discourage people from having future faith in science and technology. Such a fear was founded in the fact that the woman on the podcast admitted that she applied to the Mars One mission only after being turned away from participating in the next season of The Bachelor – and, yes, this woman was one of the select few to have moved forward in the candidate process.
Now, I’m not sure whether that same woman made it to the top 100 candidates pool, but I do know that some of the people selected to move their candidacy forward in the Mars One mission are as equally qualified to serve as astronauts and establish a human colony on another planet – that is to say: not at all qualified. I mean, there’s a woman who wants to set up the first sushi bar on Mars. Like, you know, because that desolate planet with remnants of ice totally has the fish supply to support that dream of hers. Reading further into some of the candidates’ reasons for making this one-way trip to the red planet, things get a bit grim – with many willing to go despite the high chance of dying; the Pacific Standard looked into the psychology of these people and basically summed it up as: they’re narcissistic, idiotic risk-takers.
Overwhelmingly the Internet community agrees that 1) the people vying for a spot on Mars One are ludicrous, and 2) the Mars One mission simply won’t succeed. I mean, when you’ve got top science institutions like MIT exposing the inadequacy of Mars One’s technology, there’s little trust that such a mission can prevail. Did I also forget to mention that Mars One hopes to turn this into a reality series? So, yeah, there’s also that. We went through Reddit and Twitter to find some of the best Internet responses to the Mars One mission:
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