Good Day World!
Remember the old TV comedy show The Honeymooners? (Circa 1955-56)
The main character on the show, Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason), was always threatening to send his wife Alice to the moon – on what we must assume was a one-way trip!
Nearly seven decades later, 100 men and women are competing to go on a one-way trip to Mars. The Dutch-based Mars One venture project plans to put on a reality-TV competition to select 24 prospective crew members for missions to Mars, starting as early as 2024.
The winners will be expected to start up a permanent colony on the Red Planet. Call me silly, but that sounds like permanent banishment on a bleak planet that doesn’t even have water or breathable air.
I applaud anyone with that much desire to become a pioneer – regardless of where - if it’s unexplored and dangerous.
I should probably add that most scientists think the venture will not work out. The consensus being the science won’t be there by 2024.
Some related stories:
- Three Mars One Applicants Explain Why They Signed Up
- Mars One Pares Down Its List to 705 Would-Be Settlers
- Mars One Signs Deal With TV Producers
Time for me to walk on down the road…