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(NBC News)   The number of people applying to live on Mars is now up to 78,000. Strangely, every application came with a return address from Cleveland   (science.nbcnews.com) divider line 116
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2013-05-09 11:05:34 AM  
Interesting that 78K people want to die. The Rock and Roll hall of fame is cool.
 
2013-05-09 11:07:33 AM  

berylman: This whole Mars One project reeks of a giant scam... they will never leave the stratosphere at all and after raking in enough cash those responsible will disappear.  Their original intentions may have been good though.


It is amazing that there are 78,000 people out there who don't seem to understand this clear and obvious truth.  This endevor is a huge scam.
 
2013-05-09 11:08:15 AM  
Ah yes. When I'm planning humanity's first interplanetary mission, I want its members selected by audience voting.
 
2013-05-09 11:08:51 AM  

Voiceofreason01: Kibbler: I estrimate that at least 1200 of the applications bear the name "Weedlord Bonerhitler."

Gene Masseth?


haha i get it, it's cause is last name his pronounced like MASSIVE.  like a MASSIVE THROBBING COCK
 
2013-05-09 11:11:41 AM  
I was talking to some coworkers not too long ago about this thing, what's to stop people from chickening out at the last minute and just not show up for the launch?
 
2013-05-09 11:13:53 AM  
Are they going to call it the Roanoke colony 2?
 
2013-05-09 11:21:47 AM  

Headso: I was talking to some coworkers not too long ago about this thing, what's to stop people from chickening out at the last minute and just not show up for the launch?


According to the Space Nutters, the Earth is doomed anyways and Mars is full of chocolate cake, puppies, rainbows and science. These are *facts*. You'd be crazy to stay on this mud ball.

Clearly, a dead rock in space is the answer.
 
2013-05-09 11:24:19 AM  

Kibbler: I estrimate that at least 1200 of the applications bear the name "Weedlord Bonerhitler."


This monument here is to dedicate the brave astronaut Weedlord Bonerhitler whose brave sacrifice paved the way to mankind's continued exploration of his universe.
 
2013-05-09 11:26:24 AM  
Actually, subby, it makes perfect sense. Once you've lived in Cleveland, everywhere else on this planet just SUCKS by comparison.

/yeah, that's right, the h8rz can SUCK IT.
//they see us ROLLIN
 
2013-05-09 11:27:19 AM  

minnesotaboy: Maybe they will be coming here...

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 385x271]


Time to get out the Slim Whitman records...
www.alicia-logic.com
 
2013-05-09 11:29:13 AM  

Occam's Taser: Cleveland is an awesome place to live. Mild weather, lots of fresh water, great restaurants, great arts and culture scene, fantastic metroparks and national park, low cost of living, manageable traffic. I have lived in other cities and I came back. Love it here.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 320x249]


Until winter hits.

/Visited Cleveland when I was much younger, couldn't find one single good-looking male, gave up. Hope things have changed since then.
 
2013-05-09 11:30:46 AM  

abfalter: berylman: This whole Mars One project reeks of a giant scam... they will never leave the stratosphere at all and after raking in enough cash those responsible will disappear.  Their original intentions may have been good though.

It is amazing that there are 78,000 people out there who don't seem to understand this clear and obvious truth.  This endevor is a huge scam.


Having to pay an application fee is the first red flag. The fact that the viewing audience will choose the first four people to go should be the end of the mission right there. That's the most asinine/dangerous thing I've ever heard.
 
2013-05-09 11:32:21 AM  

abfalter: berylman: This whole Mars One project reeks of a giant scam... they will never leave the stratosphere at all and after raking in enough cash those responsible will disappear.  Their original intentions may have been good though.

It is amazing that there are 78,000 people out there who don't seem to understand this clear and obvious truth.  This endevor is a huge scam.


You're amazed about the 78,000? Heck, I'm amazed it's ONLY 78,000.
/If only I could find 78,000 people to each send me a dollar...or ten....
 
2013-05-09 11:34:51 AM  
I have to agree with the people that are saying this is total crap.  After all, the first manned mission to Mars won't arrive on the Red Planet until July 4, 2057.  However, manned missions to Mars will temporarily cease to happen after we lose Ares 13 and its crew in 2072.  Manned missions will then resume in 2101, and the first permanent Mars Colony won't be built until 2155, which is one year before First Contact with the Centauri.
 
2013-05-09 11:35:04 AM  

Occam's Taser: Cleveland is an awesome place to live. Mild weather, lots of fresh water, great restaurants, great arts and culture scene, fantastic metroparks and national park, low cost of living, manageable traffic. I have lived in other cities and I came back. Love it here.

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 320x249]


Dead giveaway.
 
2013-05-09 11:39:23 AM  

lohphat: BraveNewCheneyWorld: I'm sure there are much more pleasant ways to commit suicide than stranding yourself on a barren rock.

There is no appreciable iron core in Mars, thus no magnetic field, thus no van Allen belts to deflect solar wind/radiation. There's no ozone layer to filter UV either -- the atmosphere is actually shrinking due to the solar win stripping it away.

Meh.

Send terminal cancer patients because the young and healthy will be cut short.


The Mariner Trench is pretty damn deep, though. If one could perhaps shield SOME of the solar wind that way, and then some with conventional methods (steel? I dunno), it might be easier.

However, we've barely sent up a thimble-ful of equipment to the ISS, so I do wonder why we don't do some PRACTICE first. Ah well, I'm still excited that we're finally turning our attention back to the stars.
 
2013-05-09 11:46:09 AM  
They have pics of recent "applicants" on their website. I hate to judge a book by its cover, but if they are successful in their mission they will transform Mars into the first interplanetary trailer park.
 
2013-05-09 11:48:55 AM  

Aidan: lohphat: BraveNewCheneyWorld: I'm sure there are much more pleasant ways to commit suicide than stranding yourself on a barren rock.

There is no appreciable iron core in Mars, thus no magnetic field, thus no van Allen belts to deflect solar wind/radiation. There's no ozone layer to filter UV either -- the atmosphere is actually shrinking due to the solar win stripping it away.

Meh.

Send terminal cancer patients because the young and healthy will be cut short.

The Mariner Trench is pretty damn deep, though. If one could perhaps shield SOME of the solar wind that way, and then some with conventional methods (steel? I dunno), it might be easier.

However, we've barely sent up a thimble-ful of equipment to the ISS, so I do wonder why we don't do some PRACTICE first. Ah well, I'm still excited that we're finally turning our attention back to the stars.



Mars is nowhere near as far away as a star.  Duh...
 
2013-05-09 11:50:51 AM  
Ten years ago, before the wife and kids, I might have applied on a lark. Couldn't conceive of it now.
 
2013-05-09 11:52:59 AM  
Having lived in Cleveland, moved away for 23 years, and about to move back to Cleveland...I'm getting a kick.. and a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.
 
2013-05-09 11:56:31 AM  

abfalter: berylman: This whole Mars One project reeks of a giant scam... they will never leave the stratosphere at all and after raking in enough cash those responsible will disappear.  Their original intentions may have been good though.

It is amazing that there are 78,000 people out there who don't seem to understand this clear and obvious truth.  This endevor is a huge scam.


It seems every other day someone links me a kickstarter as the coolest thing since sliced bread but when I look at it, it sounds like the stupidest idea in history to me. People tend to get a bit over-enthused sometimes. And this is farking SPACE. I can't say I blame them. Sadly, I'm in my 40s now and I've accepted the fact that I'm going to die without ever having set foot on another world.

/universe: I'm daring you to prove me wrong!
 
2013-05-09 11:57:49 AM  
Here's the deal: as long as humanity is earthbound, we are vulnerable. The Earth is a single point of failure. Asteroid strike, global warming, pandemic, whatever. We are the first species to have the technology to prevent our own extinction. We should begin the process of colonizing every colonizable planet and moon in the solar system. It may take a thousand years to complete, but if the asteroid comes in the year 3013, we'll be happy then that we started now.
 
2013-05-09 11:58:39 AM  

BraveNewCheneyWorld: Jim.Casy: It seems people are always more willing to flee from the problems around them than to stay and try to make things right.

And that's exactly why the U.S. is turning into a giant shiat hole.


Yeah.. moved from Cleveland to Austin, Texas in 1992.  I didn't flee problems.  I left because Cleveland had nothing left to offer me.  LOVE Austin.   Better music, better atmosphere, more tolerance, cleaner, friendlier, etc..
 
2013-05-09 12:07:11 PM  

Aidan: Ah well, I'm still excited that we're finally turning our attention back to the stars.


"stars"?
 
2013-05-09 12:11:04 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Aidan: Ah well, I'm still excited that we're finally turning our attention back to the stars.

"stars"?


*facepalm* Guys, guys. It was a literary reference.
 
2013-05-09 12:22:07 PM  
they should build a base on mars modeled after the McMurdo base in Antarctica

and sell hot dogs in the food court
 
2013-05-09 12:27:26 PM  

santadog: BraveNewCheneyWorld: Jim.Casy: It seems people are always more willing to flee from the problems around them than to stay and try to make things right.

And that's exactly why the U.S. is turning into a giant shiat hole.

Yeah.. moved from Cleveland to Austin, Texas in 1992.  I didn't flee problems.  I left because Cleveland had nothing left to offer me.  LOVE Austin.   Better music, better atmosphere, more tolerance, cleaner, friendlier, etc..


When I wrote that, I was thinking about you specifically santadog. SHAME!
 
2013-05-09 12:33:20 PM  
Things you'll have to deal with if you go live on Mars:

No natural atmosphere. You'll be breathing stale, recycled air until you can figure out how to make plants grow.

62% lower gravity than you enjoy on Earth, which means:
→ You poop by sticking a suction vacuum on your ass.
→ You can't ever lie down to sleep without being strapped in.
→ You can't even do something as simple as pouring a glass of water; You suck beverages and food from a bag.
→ You ladies will have to do some AWFUL things when your period comes. Think floating blood & menses.
→ Sex becomes a chore in low gravity.
→ Vomiting is horrifying and disgusting in ways you've never experienced on Earth, and you'll be doing a lot of it.
→ You'll be peeing in a suction device too. Either that, or wearing diapers.
→ Masturbation must be done into a bag, sock, or some collector unless you want semen floating around your room.

The radiation will make you sick. A lot.
The planet is cold. Bring lots of blankets. An average of -67 degrees Fahrenheit.
resources.yesican-science.ca


After a while in space, your brain suffers a bit, too. Your eyes become deformed after a while. They get squashed, your vision blurs, and your optic nerve swells. Enjoy the pounding headaches, too!

Then there's the whole "being trapped in a confined space" thing. If you're lucky it's only weeks. If you're not lucky, it's months. Have fun with your new-found insanity. You could read during that time, but your eyes are going to be a little messed up. You could listen to music, but you need to conserve electricity for critical systems and can't use it to charge your iPod. Really, all you can do is float there and wait to occasionally have a bowel movement or eat some sludge out of a tube.

That's just a LITTLE of how miserable it will be. Now run along, you 78,000 morons. Enjoy your stay on a cold, barren, lifeless planet with less than half of Earth's gravity and none of Earth's benefits. While you're attaching a hose to your ass to suck out your poop every day, we'll be down here watching the next Avengers movie, enjoying hot showers, and eating barbecue

But HEY! Have fun in space, though. Don't let Earth's door hit you on the ass on the way out.

It sounds  awesome.
 
2013-05-09 12:46:06 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Things you'll have to deal with if you go live on Mars...


...That's just a LITTLE of how miserable it will be. Now run along, you 78,000 morons. Enjoy your stay on a cold, barren, lifeless planet with less than half of Earth's gravity and none of Earth's benefits. While you're attaching a hose to your ass to suck out your poop every day, we'll be down here watching the next Avengers movie, enjoying hot showers, and eating barbecue,  and doing nothing significant with our lives.

FTFY
 
2013-05-09 12:46:11 PM  
HAHAHAHAHA!  Cleveland!!  I totally get it!!  Good one, Leno!
 
2013-05-09 12:51:34 PM  
ZeroCorpse:
→ You poop by sticking a suction vacuum on your ass.
→ You can't even do something as simple as pouring a glass of water; You suck beverages and food from a bag.
→ Sex becomes a chore in low gravity.
→ Masturbation must be done into a bag, sock, or some collector unless you want semen floating around your room.


Let me just address these points. First, a lot of people pay extra for ass vacuuming so no problem there.

IANAA but wouldn't there be enough gravity to (carefully) eat and drink somewhat normally?

Sex in low gravity is a chore? Again IANAA but I think you may be insane.

People have been masturbating into socks since socks were invented. I don't think that is going to be a huge problem.
 
2013-05-09 12:56:00 PM  

BraveNewCheneyWorld: Too_many_Brians: I should start something like this for an underwater exploration colony. Yeah. Get the application fees and then slip away on my giant submarine to a domed city under the sea.

I've played this game..



And it turned out perfect if I remember correctly...
 
2013-05-09 01:12:55 PM  

Aidan: Quantum Apostrophe: Aidan: Ah well, I'm still excited that we're finally turning our attention back to the stars.

"stars"?

*facepalm* Guys, guys. It was a literary reference.


I faceplamed with you...
 
2013-05-09 01:22:38 PM  

Jument: ZeroCorpse:
→ You poop by sticking a suction vacuum on your ass.
→ You can't even do something as simple as pouring a glass of water; You suck beverages and food from a bag.
→ Sex becomes a chore in low gravity.
→ Masturbation must be done into a bag, sock, or some collector unless you want semen floating around your room.

Let me just address these points. First, a lot of people pay extra for ass vacuuming so no problem there.

IANAA but wouldn't there be enough gravity to (carefully) eat and drink somewhat normally?

Sex in low gravity is a chore? Again IANAA but I think you may be insane.

People have been masturbating into socks since socks were invented. I don't think that is going to be a huge problem.


look i don't GET the whole masturbation / sock thing

am i supposed to WEAR the sock while i'm masturbating??
or wipe up my spooge with it when i'm done?
cause i tried that once, and it came out of the laundry all cardboard like
 
2013-05-09 01:24:31 PM  
I wonder how many of those 78,000 are telephone sanitizers.
 
2013-05-09 01:29:49 PM  
No applications from Detroit?

I figure somebody from there might see Mars as an inviting and hospitable place to live by comparison.
 
2013-05-09 01:33:50 PM  

ZeroCorpse: Things you'll have to deal with if you go live on Mars:

62% lower gravity than you enjoy on Earth, which means:


Your following points seem to indicate that 1/3 Earth gravity equals weightlessness.  No, it doesn't.  In 1/3 gravity objects will still fall to the floor, only at 1/3 their normal acceleration.

→ You poop by sticking a suction vacuum on your ass.

Suction is used in microgravity, such as on the ISS and as seen on the shuttle and Apollo flights.  Even in 1/3 gravity, poop and urine fall down.  You might need an extra jiggle to get your poop to finally let go.

→ You can't ever lie down to sleep without being strapped in.

Straps are something from microgravity flights, not in a significant gravity well.  Apollo astronauts were not strapped down when they would sleep on the moon's surface.  The first three landings had the crews sleeping uncomfortably in their gear.  The final three brought hammocks and slept well.

→ You can't even do something as simple as pouring a glass of water; You suck beverages and food from a bag.

Again, this is a detail in weightlessness, not on a body as significant as Mars or the moon.

→ You ladies will have to do some AWFUL things when your period comes. Think floating blood & menses.

This one I'll admit I probably have heard the least about, but if pads and tampons are being use properly they ought to be rather absorbant.

→ Sex becomes a chore in low gravity.

All of the manned space agencies deny having had crews actually engage in sex in space, however, I think it would be fun at least once.  However, while the kinky space sex might be fun, there is the possibility of birth defects or deformities from a host of issues in space.  Perhaps the hardest to overcome is the low gravity on other bodies.  Human fetuses develop at ~1G and go on to experience their lives in 1G.  Bone density depends greatly on how much resistance and stress the body is experiencing.  In zero gravity, bones do weaken.  Astronauts have to dedicate time on orbit to actually maintain their bodies else they weaken considerably.  There is much less understanding about low gravity situations, again such as Mars and the moon, to know exactly what effects there would be on developing humans.

→ Vomiting is horrifying and disgusting in ways you've never experienced on Earth, and you'll be doing a lot of it.

Vomit would fall in the gravity on Mars.

→ You'll be peeing in a suction device too. Either that, or wearing diapers.

See above about pooping.

→ Masturbation must be done into a bag, sock, or some collector unless you want semen floating around your room.

Wouldn't you rather just have space sex?  Again, your splooge will fall to the floor like on Earth, just slower because of the 1/3 gravity on Mars.

The radiation will make you sick. A lot.

Radiation is a very real danger, both during the flight to Mars and while living there.  Some of the proposals for colonization involve sealing off lava tubes and using their walls to block solar and cosmic radiation.  This is an issue that still needs work and you're right to bring it up.
 
2013-05-09 01:38:44 PM  

kyleaugustus: ZeroCorpse: Things you'll have to deal with if you go live on Mars:

62% lower gravity than you enjoy on Earth, which means:

Your following points seem to indicate that 1/3 Earth gravity equals weightlessness.  No, it doesn't.  In 1/3 gravity objects will still fall to the floor, only at 1/3 their normal acceleration.

→ You poop by sticking a suction vacuum on your ass.

Suction is used in microgravity, such as on the ISS and as seen on the shuttle and Apollo flights.  Even in 1/3 gravity, poop and urine fall down.  You might need an extra jiggle to get your poop to finally let go.

→ You can't ever lie down to sleep without being strapped in.

Straps are something from microgravity flights, not in a significant gravity well.  Apollo astronauts were not strapped down when they would sleep on the moon's surface.  The first three landings had the crews sleeping uncomfortably in their gear.  The final three brought hammocks and slept well.

→ You can't even do something as simple as pouring a glass of water; You suck beverages and food from a bag.

Again, this is a detail in weightlessness, not on a body as significant as Mars or the moon.

→ You ladies will have to do some AWFUL things when your period comes. Think floating blood & menses.

This one I'll admit I probably have heard the least about, but if pads and tampons are being use properly they ought to be rather absorbant.

→ Sex becomes a chore in low gravity.

All of the manned space agencies deny having had crews actually engage in sex in space, however, I think it would be fun at least once.  However, while the kinky space sex might be fun, there is the possibility of birth defects or deformities from a host of issues in space.  Perhaps the hardest to overcome is the low gravity on other bodies.  Human fetuses develop at ~1G and go on to experience their lives in 1G.  Bone density depends greatly on how much resistance and stress the body is experiencing.  In zero gravity, bones do weaken.  Astronauts have ...


Yada yada yada...

You do realize there's an awful long trip in space before ever getting to Mars, don't you? So the zero gravity comments still apply.

We're not teleporting there. Once there, we're not moving into condos, either.

The lowered gravity on Mars WILL have a long-term effect on humans, though, and it will make many tasks unpleasant.

I'm not stopping you. GO. HAVE FUN.
 
2013-05-09 01:41:53 PM  
Oh, yeah, and once you folks get there, you'll be working all day, every day. IF it's even possible to make a habitat for humans, you'll be doing all the digging, building, wiring, planting, etc., and you'll be doing it in full space gear so you aren't affected by radiation, and so you can breathe and poop inside your suit.

You apparently have this image of getting there, landing on the planet, and being able to take off your suit and walk around in your underwear right away. No. You'll be sucking your poop out with a hose or dropping a load in your diaper for YEARS.

Enjoy.
 
2013-05-09 01:43:07 PM  

DubtodaIll: ZeroCorpse: Things you'll have to deal with if you go live on Mars...

...That's just a LITTLE of how miserable it will be. Now run along, you 78,000 morons. Enjoy your stay on a cold, barren, lifeless planet with less than half of Earth's gravity and none of Earth's benefits. While you're attaching a hose to your ass to suck out your poop every day, we'll be down here watching the next Avengers movie, enjoying hot showers, and eating barbecue,  and doing nothing significant with our lives.

FTFY


And what, exactly, is significant about dying on Mars or in deep space?

How is it any more significant than falling in love, raising a family, and enjoying a nice life on Earth?
 
2013-05-09 01:45:32 PM  
ZeroCorpse: Things you'll have to deal with if you go live on Mars:

No natural atmosphere. You'll be breathing stale, recycled air until you can figure out how to make plants grow.

62% lower gravity than you enjoy on Earth, which means:
→ You poop by sticking a suction vacuum on your ass.
→ You can't ever lie down to sleep without being strapped in.
→ You can't even do something as simple as pouring a glass of water; You suck beverages and food from a bag.
→ You ladies will have to do some AWFUL things when your period comes. Think floating blood & menses.
→ Sex becomes a chore in low gravity.
→ Vomiting is horrifying and disgusting in ways you've never experienced on Earth, and you'll be doing a lot of it.
→ You'll be peeing in a suction device too. Either that, or wearing diapers.
→ Masturbation must be done into a bag, sock, or some collector unless you want semen floating around your room.

The radiation will make you sick. A lot.
The planet is cold. Bring lots of blankets. An average of -67 degrees Fahrenheit.
[resources.yesican-science.ca image 674x401]

Man.....you need to read more science fiction and absorb the hundreds of Hollywood space related movies produced in the last 80 years.

Maybe you need a refresher course, it's all unlimited money and fantastic scientific advances that haven't actually occurred yet,......these days.
 
2013-05-09 01:59:02 PM  

ZeroCorpse: DubtodaIll: ZeroCorpse: Things you'll have to deal with if you go live on Mars...

...That's just a LITTLE of how miserable it will be. Now run along, you 78,000 morons. Enjoy your stay on a cold, barren, lifeless planet with less than half of Earth's gravity and none of Earth's benefits. While you're attaching a hose to your ass to suck out your poop every day, we'll be down here watching the next Avengers movie, enjoying hot showers, and eating barbecue,  and doing nothing significant with our lives.

FTFY

And what, exactly, is significant about dying on Mars or in deep space?

How is it any more significant than falling in love, raising a family, and enjoying a nice life on Earth?


Because it would mark a step forward in humanity's progress and it's something that has never been accomplished before.  Falling in love, raising a family, and enjoying a nice life are not remarkable though to the individual very important.
 
2013-05-09 02:14:05 PM  
They will make a statue on Mars of the first humans  with vacuums stuck up their butts.
 
2013-05-09 02:32:17 PM  
Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.
 
2013-05-09 02:33:31 PM  
It's pretty much a one way trip.  Plant a flag, take some photos, post on Youtube, slowly die from radiation and starvation. Become a permanent part of the martian landscape. Sounds so mavericky.
 
2013-05-09 02:34:08 PM  

MetaCarpal: Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids.


In fact it's cold as hell.
 
2013-05-09 02:45:28 PM  
"They made me feel at home in Cleveland...so I had to escape again." - Yakov Smirnoff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GK8ewRec7c#t=1m48s
 
2013-05-09 03:04:29 PM  
i'll help build the library

theinfosphere.org
 
2013-05-09 03:13:14 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

Meanwhile, in a hidden studio in the california high desert.
 
2013-05-09 03:31:32 PM  

Deep Contact: They will make a statue on Mars of the first humans  with vacuums stuck up their butts.


Someone has an anal hose fixation.

//you might want to get some help on that.
 
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