Fly Me to Mars
What was your childhood dream? Most children dream of becoming famous sports stars or singers. Others, however, dream of becoming astronauts flying into space and discovering new planets or life forms. Most people never get a shot at achieving their childhood dreams of flying into space, but if you were given a chance, would you take it even if most people told you it was an idiotic idea?
Well, recently a Dutch organization called Mars One has offered many people the opportunity to fulfill their dreams. Mars One plans to send a group of four volunteers on a one-way trip to Mars in 2023 with the aim of establishing the first human settlement whilst recording the process and turning it into a reality TV show.
Many questions have been raised about the mission: some people have expressed skepticism and called the project a hoax, especially since each applicant is charged between $5 to $75 just to apply. Others have brought up some good points about whether or not we even have the technological capability for such a mission.
Even though many negative questions have been put forward, a huge number of people still applied, over 80,000 in the first two weeks with more than 10,000 of those from China. Is this because many people are still chasing a dream? Or are there just many people with the pioneering spirit necessary for making space exploration a reality?
One of the key points to this proposed mission is that it’s one-way—no coming back! Many consider the intention of broadcasting the process on television ethically and morally wrong: if something goes wrong then people will die whilst an audience watches for entertainment.
So far, as most researchers can tell, there isn’t the technology available for such a mission. So why have so many paid to apply? Maybe it’s just a fantasy that they know will never come true, or maybe it’s that small grain of hope that many people need to keep their childhood dream alive.
What is the attitude to flying to Mars according to the passage？