Alaska's Extreme Machines
one way astronaut: dying 33 million miles from home
Bas Lansdorp is advertising for people who’d like to visit Mars. There’s only one catch: this mission is one-way only. Mission Mars One: four astronauts depart on a mission to Mars within 10 years. Supportive voices for the initiative have been matched by horrified concerns. But the astronaut application procedure started in 2013. So far, 78,000 people have applied.
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Episode InformationStephan, Sara, Henri and Beatriz are four people who, like tens of thousands of applicants from all over the world, answered an advert for people who’d like to visit Mars. There’s only one catch: this mission is one-way only. The Mars One initiative plans to take four astronauts on a mission to Mars within 10 years. The astronauts leave, knowing they’ll never see everyone they love again. The documentary portrays aspiring astronauts from around the world, and the founder of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp. His total budget is 6 billion dollars, which he has to achieve by producing a reality TV show – live coverage of the mission broadcast over the entire world. The initiative is one of love and hate, admiration and controversy. Since applications opened in 2013, Mars One receives tens of thousands of testimonials from followers every day, but their enthusiasm is matched by others’ horror at the suicidal idea.