100K apply for one-way trip to Mars

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Mars One wants to send humans on a one-way trip to the Red Planet in 2022. Four individuals will be selected out of the more than 100,000 that have already applied, according to the Dutch nonprofit. But would members of such an expedition, estimated to cost $6 billion, survive the trip?

The Obama administration has set a goal to send astronauts to Mars by the 2030s – but Mars One is much more ambitious, looking to send the four people who are chosen to actually colonize our planetary next-door neighbor.

The applications have poured in – Mars One announced the start of its selection program to the general public April 19, and by May 7 they said they’d passed the 78,000 mark. That’s no small feat, given that the registration fee ranges from about $5 to $73, depending on the country (it’s about $38 in the United States).

But a one-way trip to Mars would face an enormous number of technical and practical hurdles that aren’t close to being figured out. NASA’s intrepid rover Curiosity has started addressing one of the questions: radiation exposure on the journey.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/la-sci-sn-100000-apply-mars-one-colonize-trip-curiosity-rover-20130812,0,6639119.story