When MarsOne announced they would be vetting a crew of astronauts from applicants from around the world for a one-way trip to the red planet, did you jot out your first speech since high school and fire up that webcam? Well, nearly 80,000 people did, far short of the expected 1 million, but still an impressive number when you consider that 80,000 individuals uploaded applicants to their web site, all pretty happy with the prospect of a trip to Mars from which there is no return.
MarsOne’s idea is far more reality TV than reality at the moment, but it’s a noble one. Send a crew to Mars by 2013 with subsequent supply shipments and crew arriving every two years, building up a Martian colony the whole way. One of the applications is actually Jeep Barnett, a programmer of Valve that you may be familiar with. Jeep was part of the student team at DigiPen who produced Narbacular Drop, the portal-based game/tech demo that impressed Gabe Newell so much, he hired the entire group on the spot, beginning work on Portal.
If you haven’t submitted your application yet, you still have time!