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Thousands Signed up to Become First Astronauts to Live on Mars

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DOVER, Del. - It's an ambitious project to attract humans to live on the planet Mars.

"It's not my cup of tea," said Julia Pillsbury of Dover.

"I think it sounds crazy," said Rachel Taylor of Dover.

"It's a little too hot for me," said Tommy Starner of Dover.

Bas Lansdorp, the co-founder of Mars One says he plans to launch four human pioneers to the red planet in September 2022.

"Seven months later in April 2023, humans will land on Mars, the next giant leap for mankind," Lansdorp told CBS News.
It's a giant leap because there's no return, but that's not deterring some people in who live in Dover.

"I think that would be a great idea. I think I'd try to pick up a young girl and go up in there and have a whole family and raise a new family," said T.C. of Dover.  

Others like Pillsbury and Taylor say they might consider it if certain factors existed.

"I would consider it after the other people got there first and send back some reports about the quality of life," said Pillsbury.

"If it was a round trip, maybe it would push me over the edge and if the price was right and I knew everything was going to be safe," said Taylor.

Mars One says more than 78,000 people have sent in videos to become the first Mars settlers.

Folks like Starner say the it's just not worth it.
"You might as well save all your money and just gas it up," said Starner.

Gerart 'T Hooft is a Nobel prize winning physicist who had his doubts.

"My first idea was I think like anyone who is confronted with such an idea. This will never work," 'T Hooft told CBS News.

Now, he says he supports the mission, like thousands of others.

"I would go there and be adventurous. I'd be the first one to catch a Mars man," said T.C.
So, will we see the day when humans live on Mars?

I guess we'll have to wait and see.  

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