Let me set the scene for you.
It's 2020, NASA, as usual, is suffering from budget overruns and internal political issues. Expected time until launch is 5 years with no more
Russia and China have joined together to put a man from either country on Mars by 2022 and their Mars program is right on schedule for a successful
With the risk of embarrassment looming, NASA comes up with an ambitious plan to put a man on Mars before the end of the year using what they have
completed thus far. The catch is; it's a one way trip. NASA can get you there but the system that was planned to create fuel on the surface for the
return trip is not yet complete.
You will be sent with the means to extract O2 from the atmosphere, liquid water from the ground and enough food to last for the trip there plus one
year on the surface.
NASA would send a resupply ship, unmanned, but by the time it would be ready, Mars would be at it's furthest from Earth and unable to reach you
before your food runs out.
Being the caring individuals they are at NASA, you would be provided a cyanide capsule to use as an alternative to dying a painful death due to hunger
Of course you would be an international hero, go down in history as the first man to walk on another planet and be remembered for making the ultimate
unselfish sacrifice for your country and man kind. Schools, bridges, stretches of highway, libraries, stadiums, parks, etc. would be named after you.
Part of the deal is also that your immediate family would be taken care of for life.
So, would you volunteer for a one way trip to Mars? Why or why not?
PS: Try to refrain from poking holes in my back story
Only on ATS would that be something I would expect to happen lol. The story is there to
aid in setting the scene for your line of thought. Assume: Your death is certain, you can't make the food last longer to say wait for the Russians
(see that one coming
[edit on 8-9-2008 by ANoNyMiKE]