Mars inhabitants wanted, apply within

Artist's depiction of Mars One astronauts and their colony on the Red Planet.

Applications are now being accepted for positions in the exciting field of planetary exploration!

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Are you at your best when things are at their worst? Would you describe yourself as having an 'indomitable spirit'? Are you adaptable to new, unexpected and unusual situations? Do you work well with a wide range of personalities and cultural backgrounds? Do you have boundless curiosity and a desire to learn all you can about the world around you? Do you trust yourself implicitly, inspire trust in others and have the ability to put your trust in others? Are you a creative and resourceful problem solver?

If you believe that you are a good match for these qualifications, the Mars One corporation wants to hear from you!

No experience required. Training and relocation assistance is provided.

To apply, go to:

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and in good physical and mental health. The ability to read, write and speak English is required.

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Okay, the job posting is just a bit of a fun way of talking about this plan to launch people offworld to establish a permanent Mars colony, but the whole idea is pretty incredible.

The feat itself isn't the truly incredible part, though. The very idea it represents is the bigger issue, in my mind.

This isn't a round-trip ticket, to go hang out on Mars, collect some samples, and then fly back to Earth to party with your friends and family. This will be a one-way trip for the teams that go — the four people who on Mars in 2023, and the teams of four that follow every two years after.

They'll never see a blue sky again except in pictures or a computer screen. They'll never feel the wind on their face again (not without risking their life to do it). They'll never do anything as simple as go for a fast-food run. Every aspect of their life will be a struggle in and against a hostile environment, with very little margin for error, and any kind of outside help will be at least 5 months away.

If that isn't 'boldly-going', I don't know what is.

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