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One lakh apply for ‘one-way ticket’ to Mars to never return

world Updated: Aug 11, 2013 03:31 IST

The Mars One project by NASA which aims to colonize Mars beginning in 2022 has reportedly revealed that more than one lakh people are eager to join the project in a bid to visit the red planet, but do not want to come back.

According to CNN, people have applied for a one-way trip to the planet hoping to be chosen to spend the rest of their lives on the unchartered territory. Mars One CEO and co-founder, Bas Lansdorp said that there are a large number of people who are working on their profiles for the mission.

The 6 billion dollar project will be media and sponsors funded and the application fee for people who want to explore the mission will be based on the gross domestic product per capita of each nation. The report said that the multi-continental group of 40 astronauts is set to leave for mars in September 2022, landing in April 2023 and another group of four will be deployed two years later and none of them will return earth. The astronauts will undergo strict training for eight years in a secluded location. The mission to colonize the planet carries with itself a set of health risks, including cancer because of the level of radiation astronauts are exposed to which ultimately limits the number of days on the planet to a maximum of 500 days.

NASA’s deputy director of advanced exploration systems, Chris Moore said engineers could try to limit travelers’ exposures by designing a spacecraft in such a way that it provides more protection, but as the risks of space travel are very high; the risk of radiation is not the biggest concern to them, the report added.