/// More Than 100,000 People Eager to Die on Mars
The Mars One project, an effort to establish a human colony on Mars by 2023, will have plenty of civilian astronauts from which to choose for its first mission. Some 100,000 people have applied to be among the first humans to take a one-way trip to the red planet, according to Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp. From that pool, a group of 40 will be chosen with four of those participating in a first mission Mars One hopes to launch in September 2022 — assuming it overcomes some rather daunting funding and feasibility issues. The mission is estimated to cost upwards of $6 billion, which Mars One hopes to raise by selling off its broadcasting rights along with some sponsorships as well. “What we want to do is tell the story to the world — When humans go to Mars, when they settle on Mars and build a new Earth, a new planet,” Lansdorp told CNN . “This is one of the most exciting things that ever happened, and we want to share the story with the entire world.” Intriguing idea — assuming there’s ever a story to share. And right now that’s certainly not a sure thing given the daunting hurdles the Mars One project faces, which begin with a high price tag and end with a Martian atmosphere ravaged by solar waves, rife with potentially lethal levels of radiation, and generally inhospitable to human life.