More than 200 000 people from 140 countries had applied to go to Mars and never return, the group behind an ambitious venture to colonise the inhospitable red planet said yesterday.
Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch entrepreneur, plans to establish a permanent base on Mars in a mission he hopes will take off in 2022 if he can find the necessary $6 billion (R59.7bn).
One in four of the |202 586 applicants for the one-way trip are Americans, said Mars One, the non-profit group which initiated its hunt for "would-be Mars settlers".
There were also hopefuls from India (10 percent), China (six percent) and Brazil (five percent), among other countries, it said.
Space agencies including Nasa says the technology to establish a human colony on Mars does not exist. - Sapa-AFP
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Original headline: One-way trip to Mars
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