Space the Final Frontier

Buzz Aldrin Thinks We Will Colonize Mars in the Next 25 Years

Buzz Aldrin. (Getty)

It’s been 45 years since humans first landed on the moon, and the world’s now wondering when people — not just adorable selfie-loving rovers — are going to head over to Mars.

Buzz Aldrin seems confident a Mars colony will happen, based on a Reddit AMA the famed astronaut conducted this afternoon. Among other fascinating topics, like that time he met Tina Fey, Mr. Aldrin espoused his “very strong idea, concept, conviction, that the first human beings to land on Mars should not come back to Earth.” Read More

Space the Final Frontier

Wanna Go to Space? Unless You’ve Got $250K, You Might Have to Try Winning This Reality Show

"Bitcoins in space you guys" - Richard Branson, probably (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

If you’ve long dreamed of a TV show that combines America’s Next Top Model with space camp, you might finally be in luck. TV Guide says that producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Shark Tank) currently has multiple networks engaged in a bidding war for a reality show that would send the winner into space.

Stop imagining a version of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery where the most scheming person on the show is ejected from the Earth’s atmosphere and permanently abandoned. Read More

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Ready Your Audition Tape for Mars One, the Colonization Scheme That’s Also a Reality TV Show

Nope.

All dressed up in your spacesuit, with nowhere to go? Perhaps it’s time to put your self-promotional skills to work. Space.com reports that Mars One, the Dutch group hoping to fund a permanent human colony on the red planet by turning the whole dog-and-pony show into reality TV, will begin accepting applications by July.

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Space the Final Frontier

So You Wanna Be a Martian Colonist

Nope.

Let’s face it: Most of us aren’t going to make NASA’s rather stringent cut for the space program. So how’s a girl supposed to fulfill her destiny to rule Mars as Red Queen, given that that the  planet is, at best, 33.9 million miles away?

Well, here’s an idea! Mars One, an organization that hopes to create of a Martian settlement by turning the whole kit and kaboodle into a reality TV show, just posted its requirements for would-be settlers. And there is good news for those of us who flunked precalculus:  Read More

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Would You Sign Up for a Reality TV Show that Offered a One-Way Ticket to Mars?

That's some lonely country.

Elon Musk isn’t the only entrepreneur with his gaze fixed firmly on the horizon of the Red Planet. My Fox New York reports that a Dutch company named Mars One wants to put humans on the alien world’s surface by 2023. Not only that, they’ll be a very special brand of human: Reality TV stars.

No, the company is not simply strapping Jill Zarin to a rocket and waiting for the inevitable rating success. Think of their proposal as more like an Astronaut Idol, or So You Think You Can Dance (On the Surface of Mars). The aim is to create a “global media spectacle” and thereby fund the project commercially: Read More