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(CNN) -- If you have ambitions of being one of the first people on Mars, listen up: A Dutch company says it is moving along with its plan to send four lucky Earthlings to colonize the Red Planet. The catch: They won't ever come back.
The Mars One foundation announced Tuesday that it has secured lead suppliers for an unmanned mission launching in 2018, which involves a robotic lander and a communications satellite. Lockheed Martin has been contracted to study building the lander, and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. will develop a concept study for the satellite, Mars One said.
This first mission will demonstrate technology that would be involved in a permanent human settlement on Mars. If all goes well -- and that's still very much an "if" -- the first pioneers could land on Mars in 2025.
Enthusiasm has been growing since the project's first big announcement in April. More than 200,000 people have signed up to be prospective astronauts, Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp said in Washington on Tuesday.
The application period is now closed
Thats the problem, I would go work on mars for a couple of years but I would always want to be able to come back.
Ill just stay here on Earth... but I WOULD apply for and pay for our entire federal government to go. You know.. rule us from their comfortable martian mansions on Mars.
THEN NUKE IT (Mars) FROM SPACE!!
( Sorry, watched Aliens last weekend....)
Well see this is why I don't have a problem with the ancient astronaut theories, we may be stranded, or maybe we are going home.
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I keep thinking that Mars could be the next best hope for people trying to escape from the oppression here on earth like the N. and S. America used to be. Go to Mars and hope it takes centuries before it becomes civilized enough for the parasite class to want to bother us.