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Hundreds Of Thousands Register For Chance At One-Way Trip To Mars

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Just imagine, you could be the next Christopher Columbus. You could go down in history as an innovator...a Mars-stro-naut.

Move over Space-X and Virgin Galactic...this is Mars One: aimed at forming a colony of humans on the red planet.

Mars One officials say more than 200,000 brave souls have registered online to go.

"If they put me on a one-way rocket and just shot it out and just told me to go out and explore as much as I could, I always would," says Mars One applicant Adam McPherson.

Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch engineer and entrepreneur, is looking for volunteers to construct living quarters and then live...on Mars...for the rest of their lives.

That's right: they haven't figured out the technology to fly people back to Earth yet. This is a one-way trip. It's not a problem, if you can live without pizza, Starbucks, and oh yeah, fresh air.

"I want to be a part of frontier technologies and pushing mankind forward," says Mars One applicant Joshua Weidlinger.

To fund the project, the organizers are considering sponsoring a reality show...where you the viewer can help choose who to, well, send away forever.

Participants would have to go through 8 years of training before finally arriving on their new home planet. The project is slated for April 2023. NASA has said it doesn't intend to send astronauts on round-trip journeys to Mars until sometime in the 2030's.

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