If this proves to be the reality show that ends all reality shows, it will be worth it for that reason alone:
A Netherlands-based non-profit group called Mars One is seeking video applications from pioneers willing to take a one-way trip to Mars and become stars in a new interplanetary reality show.
Oh, yes, they’re quite serious:
Mars One wants to send four hardy souls to the Red Planet in 2023 using hardware from Elon Musk’s SpaceX company. It plans to land a Curiosity-style rover by 2018 to scout out locations for the settlement and then fire out food, equipment, power generation and life-support systems using SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy lifter and Dragon capsule.
And they’re going to pay for this — how, exactly?
Mars One estimates that the TV rights for the landing alone would come to several billion dollars, and once there, the colonists will be constantly covered by cameras that will stream back live footage of life on Mars.
Well, at least it’s not Real Housewives of Deimos. Not yet, anyway. Then again:
Interestingly, the first four colonists will be selected by popular vote of the general public. As a card-carrying member of the general public, I’ve got a list of people I believe should be shot into space, never to come back.
Indeed, why stop at four?