At least 20,000 really adventurous people have applied for a crack at a permanent trip to the red planet. These lucky chosen colonists — who must be at least 18 years old, be 157 cm (roughly 5-foot-2) tall, and have 20/20 vision — will then endure six to eight years of training and will be grouped into teams of four, who will train together in simulated living conditions of the planet. And yes, an audience decides who will be the first four to settle on Mars.
Only four people at a time will travel to Mars. Then the plan is to launch four more settlers every two years.
The outfit behind this ambitious adventure is Mars One, which describes itself as a “not for profit” organization that plans on funding this pricey journey — estimated to cost $6 billion — to Mars with the proceeds from an interactive, global TV show the likes of which the world has never seen, from astronaut selection to training to, finally, liftoff.
Let’s be honest: Most high school kids would choose school lunches over homemade lunches when given the choice. But not David LaFerriere’s kids Evan, 15, and Kenny, 14, because they’d miss out on their dad’s hand-drawn-surprise lunch bags!
“I’ve been doing it for my kids since they were little,” the graphic designer, known as D Laferriere on Flickr, tells us in the accompanying video. “They love it, and nothing makes me happier than hearing their reaction at the end of the day.”
South Florida is fighting a growing infestation of one of the world’s most destructive invasive species: the giant African land snail, which can grow as big as a rat and gnaw through stucco and plaster.
Thousands of litres of whisky flushed down drain in Dumbarton
Seems like the workers might have been sippin’ on the product!
It was a nightmare for a Utah woman who awoke in the middle of the night to the rumble of a boulder that rammed through her bedroom. The 12-foot-wide-by-9-foot-tall rock pummeled through Wanda Lee Denhalter’s bedroom at 3 a.m. Jan. 19, breaking her jaw and sternum.
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An island made for running laps. Off the coast of Indonesia. (Photo by Chris Hadfield/Twitter)