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Here’s why people are volunteering for a one-way trip to Mars

The Dutch organization Mars One has a far-fetched plan to send people on a one-way trip to Mars — with the initial 2024 mission partly paid for by creating a reality show about the journey. The plan then calls for subsequent missions to establish a permanent Mars colony. Watch the videos below

Yesterday, Mars One revealed the 100 candidates — from an original list of more than 200,000 applicants — who might get a spot on the initial trip.

The finalists are 50 men and 50 women from all over the world. You can read about their backgrounds and reasons for volunteering to forever leave Earth on Mars One’s community site.

If you’ve heard about the Mars One mission, you’ve probably had one overriding question: what the hell would prompt someone to volunteer for a one-way trip to another planet? Thanks to The Guardian, we now have a clearer answer. The news outlet has just published If I Die on Mars, a documentary that asks three Mars One finalists why they’re willing to leave Earth (and everyone they know) behind. In short, they have little to lose and a lot to gain. None of the three candidates has a romantic attachment, and they all feel that they’re achieving a higher purpose by settling a distant world. That common response won’t be very reassuring to their families, but it does help make sense of a seemingly irrational desire for interplanetary travel.