Barsooming nothing goes wrong

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?


  1. Laura »

    21 April 2013 · 8:22 am

    If a person had no family, a suck-ass job, were paid a lot of money before hand so you could have a really good time while here, why not?

  2. CGHill »

    21 April 2013 · 11:08 am

    I’ve got no quarrel with that thinking.

  3. Brett »

    21 April 2013 · 12:48 pm

    (Writing for Tars Tarkas)

    “We welcome your refuse, Jasoomians. The shining blades of the mighty Tharks grow weary of the blood of the Warhoon and the red Martians; they crave a deep draught of a new vintage that they may slake their martial thirsts. I, Tars Tarkas, have spoken!”

  4. fillyjonk »

    22 April 2013 · 12:31 pm

    My fear would be that the enterprise could go bankrupt and the food deliveries (or worse, oxygen deliveries) would just stop one day.

    Then again, if the Mars Colonists are chosen by the same people who choose the American Idols….perhaps long-term survival on Mars of the people sent there would not be an issue.

    (Actually, the ethical implications of this whole thing are both terrible and fascinating)

  5. Dan B »

    23 April 2013 · 1:16 am

    Well, it would be a helluva way to dodge your student loans, the IRS, or just about anybody else with a legal beef against you.

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