Mars One, a privately funded Dutch project, plans to send the first group of humans to the Planet Mars in the year 2023. Due to the physiological changes this trip would make to one’s body and the length of time it takes to get there, however, this will be a one-way trip.
Right now you’re either asking yourself why anyone would leave their friends, family, and planet behind in the name of exploration…
…Or you’re asking yourself what you have to do to be on that spacecraft. And you wouldn’t be the only one! According to Time Magazine, as of May 2013, 78,000 people had already signed up to be considered for the mission.
Why the fascination with space exploration and the Red Planet? Here’s my theory: what we have seen of the universe is so magnificent, so overwhelmingly beautiful, and such a testament to the power and majesty of an Almighty God, that we are thirsty for more.
If you’d like a small taste of the beauty and grandeur you might see after landing on Mars, check out the Mars as Art Gallery, courtesy of NASA and the Mars Spacecraft:
So the question remains…would you make the trip to Mars?
Photo Credit: An Actual Martian Sunset – Courtesy of NASA and the Mars Spacecraft