One Way to Mars Anyone?

Lately there has been a lot of buzz about Mars One.

This organization has a plan and that plan is to put the first human colony on Mars by 2024. Over two hundred thousand people applied and already the list has narrowed to just 1,058 individuals making the first cut.

Can we just pause for a second.


Okay. This is amazing. It's been our next "man made" actual step since putting humans on the moon. There's just one downside to being the first few humans to colonize the red planet. It's a one way trip. Yep, if you sign up and make the final cut you aren't coming back.

I've been following this mission since it was first announced. Honestly, I could never part with my life here on Earth. I love it too much. But, how fun would this be?

What will they learn?

What will they find?

Will my children or their children be taking regular trips to Mars in the future?

Space is something we as humans will never get enough of. We will constantly strive to explore the unknown and to reach new areas of the cosmos. Our curiosity is never satisfied and I personally think that is a great thing.

Mars can teach us so much. If everything goes according to plan and this actually happens on schedule, I will be watching. I will be waiting with bated breath with the rest of the world to learn what we discover on this seemingly dead planet.

Also, this is a great book idea! The muses and plot bunnies are hopping around in my head. They're even dressed in little martian suits.

Could you do it? Could you give up your life here on Earth and make history colonizing Mars?

Sometimes this is how writing a book feels. You're on a one way trip not knowing what to expect until you reach the other side. Will it be worth it? You'll never know unless you try. So put on your space suit and let the adventure begin. (Just don't watch Gravity before you go).

Bonnie Rae


  1. Nope, couldn't do it. Never to see your family and friends again? Never to breathe real air? And why can't they come back, I wonder?

  2. I think it would be so hard. If something goes wrong, there's no natural food or water sources by which to survive. If my husband went, maybe I'd go. But it'd be hard. As curious as I am, I don't think I could do it.

  3. It's hard to say what I'd actually decide if given the choice but I know a very large part of me is yelling, "Hell, yeah! I'm going to Mars!"

    I think I might go. :)

  4. If I were physically fit and mentally capable, I would say yes. But maybe I can say that because there's no chance I'll ever be in that position!

  5. I wouldn't want to go to Mars as I'm particularly fond of the comforts of home. Plus, I'm not very fond of long trips.

    I still think the entire thing is interesting and want to find out how it all works, but it's definitely not for me.

  6. No way! Mostly I just wouldn't want to be part of any "first." I like things to be tried out by someone else first. The early space missions are an example that there's some trial and error involved and often lives are sacrificed in the process. But it all sounds very Twilight Zone-ish!

  7. At least, unlike the early explorers here, settlers on Mars will be able to communicate quickly and easily with those they have left behind.
    Just the same - not for me. I suffer (badly) from motion sickness and shudder to think of vomiting in free fall... And yes, I have a trivial mind.

  8. Since we first marched out of Africa, humans have always gone on one-way adventures.

    "Let's see what's out there."

  9. I've been following it, too, and I can't imagine who would do this knowing it is a one way trip. And then I think it may have been a similar feeling for those that first left the 'known world' to com the the 'new world'.
    I think you are right, this would be and EXCELLENT book idea!

  10. I'd go, but not without that little voice in the back of my head turning red from yelling it's head off at me first. I'll admit, I haven't been following this much lately. But I'm off to be informed. My youngest son is determined to become a space-miner when he grows up, so he'll totally be into this one.

  11. Part of me would love to be one of the first colonists on Mars. I love to explore, but I've also mellowed with age. I might wait until a couple of generations have lived there first.

  12. I'd love to literally BE on Mars, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to tolerate the ride there! I do love imagining it though.


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