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Meet the Africans relocating to Mars and never returning

April 10, 2018 at 07:36 pm | Tech & Innovation

Francis Akhalbey

Francis Akhalbey | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018 at 07:36 pm | Tech & Innovation

Heard of the Mars One resettlement project? Well, as weird and as crazy as it may sound, it is actually a project announced in 2012 and aimed at establishing a human settlement on planet Mars. Who would be crazy and daring enough to be willing to relocate to Mars though? Let’s say about 200, 000 people (or maybe daredevils).

The number of candidates has however been sized down by 2016 to the planned one hundred population expected to start a colony on Mars. Among them are 6 Africans looking to book a one-way trip to the red planet.

Why should we go to Mars?

The Dutch-owned company had this response:

“Why did Columbus travel west? Why did Marco Polo head east? Because it is that pull, that unknown, that prospect of adventure that compels humans to seek new frontiers to explore. There are a number of reasons to travel to Mars.

The first is the realization of an amazing dream! Sending a manned mission to Mars is a fantastic adventure. Imagine living on another planet, millions of miles from the Earth; looking up into the sky with the knowledge that one of the ‘stars’ is actually the planet you were born on…

A second reason is good, old-fashioned curiosity. Where did Mars come from? Can it teach us about Earth’s history? Is there life on Mars? These are just three of the hundreds of burning questions for scientists all over the world.

Thirdly: progress. You could say that sending people to Mars is ‘the next giant leap for mankind’. This mission will jumpstart massive developments in all kinds of areas, a few examples being in recycling, solar energy, food production and the advancement of medical technology.”

Without further ado, allow me to introduce you to the Africans who want to die on a different planet.

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