400 Unqualified Schmucks Sign Up For One-Way Mission to Mars

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This is the first step towards creating teh spess mahrines!

HAHA good for them, that an old fashioned explorer attitude. I really do hope it goes well.

Why did I read this story and think of the Hubologists from Fallout 2?

We all know what happens now:

This will totaly not fail in a very epic way.

i dont think those people realize what this mission entails, and how incredibly disappointing it will be.

were not talking about going to Pandora, were talking about MARS. theres nothing exciting about it. no life, water, or weather to be seen. (although something might be long lost beneath the surface)

these people arent even thinking

Shouldn't we focus on colonising something closer to Earth before going after Mars? Like, say, the Moon? Space 1999 anyone?

I don't care weather or not this fails or succeeds (I will mourn for the people if it fails): This will probably be the first attempt to getting people on Mars! And that's exciting! I hope they succeed and form a Colony on there or something!

Mars? A suicide mission? Space travel?

You know what to do!

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In all seriousness, I don't know what to say other than "Sure, why the hell not?"

Um, remember what a mild case of ineptitude did to the Starship Titanic in the Douglas Adams universe?

What would happen with a VERY MAJOR case of ineptitude (as these people sound)?

Time to get out the soap, water, and bloodstain cleaner.

I smell Lord of The Flies about to happen!

Samurai Goomba:

emeraldrafael:

Still... I kinda like the idea, though I think we should just stick menaces to society and people that cause the world's culture to go through retardation [on the ship].

Bad move, unless you want to create MARS AUSTRALIA!

Note for any mods: (Before you assume I'm insulting Australians, it's their history. Just stating that outright here before I get modded or some nonsense.)

Hey! We've done pretty good considering our origins thank you very much. The whole convict thing is blown out of proportion. People would get deported for stealing loaves of bread, it's not like they were all sociopaths and thugs for hire. That and the majority of land owners / settlers were free men.

vrbtny:
Look, just because they ain't university qualified is probably a good. The people who signed up may know how to actually fix mechanical stuff, unlike University grads..... who know how to write a good essay.

Honestly, if I was going, I would prefer to be with the guy who could fix the oxygen generator -- and not the guy who can write a highly literate report about the advantages of repairing the damn thing.

You got something against intelligent people, man? It's obvious you never got past high school...You seem to think that universities consists entirely of a glorified writing class.

I imagine it'll be great the first few hours, assuming they don't kill each other during travel (didn't anyone read Red Mars?). After that they'll probably react like this. (clip from Madagascar)

20 years? Sweet, that still means I have a chance! Seriously though I wouldn't mind going. It would be an interesting event (for the whole human race, the rest of you will be watching I'm sure) and I don't really feel like I have anything here to keep me. So, hell, why not?

Sure why the hell not I'll sign up if I get the chance

Sparrow:
This is the last thing we need: Mars, completely populated of people who are only American. Atleast send some Canadians up or something, mix it up a little.

Manifest Destiny.. if you guys won't let us take over the rest of Canada and South America, we're going to space.

How can you be unqualified for a suicide mission, one which doesn't real have any real goal other than living there.

Sparrow:
This is the last thing we need: Mars, completely populated of people who are only American. Atleast send some Canadians up or something, mix it up a little.

Nationality wouldn't matter at all as it would be a private colony. Which is significantly more frightening than a country doing it.

So people who actually have skills are going to be foolish and kill themselves by flying to mars?
*sighs*
Maybe they weren't so useful after all.

Godspeed, regular, untrained people. Godspeed.

Wow. It's like Stargate Universe, except in real life, and the people have nobody but themselves to blame for being stuck there for the rest of their lives.

Check the list.
See if you can find Alex Mason on there.
I mean, either him or Parker.
Ooh! And the Brave Little Toaster!

Please Gods tell me you'll take Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and Mike Huckabee too

Please?

I would rather see them colonize the moon first and create/perfect the technology and then branch out. I would think a safety net would be ideal before going for the ultimate prize. But what do I know I think rationally.

This could be a good idea. We need some people to generate warning labels for mars. There has to be a first person to stub a toe on mars. As well there has to be a 1st drunken hillbilly rolling all the way down Olympus Mons busting his spacesuit in the process. I really hope it doesn't take 20 years to get this mission off the ground though.

Onyx Oblivion:
Totally unqualified people, banding together for a likely suicide mission.

This is quite possibly the stupidest thing I've read all day.

Isn't that like the plot of half of the movies and books out there? Random people getting caught in a unpredictable and dangerous situation for which they are completely unqualified to handle, banding together to face seemingly overwhelming odds? I mean hey, if it works in fiction, it is bound to work sometimes in real life as well, right? :P

Well, I'd hate it, but they can do what they please. I'll wait until I'm over 40 and they've got some substantial colonies and tourism thingies around there... although I might as well just go to the moon one, that'll be alot better by then.

I'm actually kinda pissed I was born now and now 50 or so years ahead... but then I wouldn't have found all my favourite bands or games... and I wouldn't've (is that a word?) seen all the progress people have made and are going to make with the whole space exploration doohickey... big questions. Meh.

Antari:
This could be a good idea. We need some people to generate warning labels for mars. There has to be a first person to stub a toe on mars. As well there has to be a 1st drunken hillbilly rolling all the way down Olympus Mons busting his spacesuit in the process. I really hope it doesn't take 20 years to get this mission off the ground though.

Yeah, by that time the 69-year-old guy could very well be dead and they'd need a replacement xD

Hilarious how many people acting all smart in this thread are also acting like this is actually going to happen. Way to go guys!

Honestly though? I'd totally sign on for this trip if it had any chance of happening. Fuck that safety and comfort bullshit, I'd give up my life to do something that epically awesome. I'd even live the rest of my miserable life in a tiny corridor with 400 people. We're talking about living on Mars here! How awesome would it be to be one of the very first people living on another planet? Does anybody think humanity got to where we are now by sitting around waiting for thing to be easy before we ever even tried them? HA!

This will be a sequel to the movie Moon, I can see it.

Onyx Oblivion:
Totally unqualified people, banding together for a likely suicide mission.

This is quite possibly the stupidest thing I've read all day.

And I spent 20 minutes on fanfiction.net earlier.

But on the flip side, it may have the same practical application as the "B Ark."

...Assuming we don't die from a dirty telephone disease.

It's so ridiculous, it's almost awe inspiring.

hmmm, bringing a chaplain to keep people sane. its like making a blind guy the navigator. I would have thought it would have been more productive to bring a fucking psychologist.

That Methodist Priest os going to convert all the people on the ship, soon we'll have an enitre Martian colony filled with Methodists...

THEIR PLAN FOR DOMINATION OF THE GALAXY IS ONE STEP CLOSER!

vrbtny:

Samurai Goomba:

vrbtny:

What about the British? We could bring our weather.... actually, scratch that.

No!! Bring the British, we know how to make a good cup of tea!!!

Bah, I've been making good tea my whole life, and I'm American!

(grumble grumble... British, think nobody else can make tea... mumble... )

I didn't say that you couldn't make tea.... the english just make it better.

we've had more practice after all

Well, we Americans have had more practice throwing your fancy teas into the ocean!

TO ARMS! TO ARMS! Fellow Colonists, the time has come to rise up and overthrow the tea tyrants once more! No longer shall we be slaves to their arguably superior tea brands! We shall win! FOR COFFEE!

Programmed_For_Damage:

Samurai Goomba:

emeraldrafael:

Still... I kinda like the idea, though I think we should just stick menaces to society and people that cause the world's culture to go through retardation [on the ship].

Bad move, unless you want to create MARS AUSTRALIA!

Note for any mods: (Before you assume I'm insulting Australians, it's their history. Just stating that outright here before I get modded or some nonsense.)

Hey! We've done pretty good considering our origins thank you very much. The whole convict thing is blown out of proportion. People would get deported for stealing loaves of bread, it's not like they were all sociopaths and thugs for hire. That and the majority of land owners / settlers were free men.

Hey, I think we can all agree a Space Kangaroo would be pretty awesome. I can already see a Futurama episode about "throwing another space shrimp on the barby."

I just find it funny people are talking about sending convicts into exile somewhere, when we have historical examples of successful colonization which has arisen from that.

Did everyone miss the point that it's a colonization mission? The plan isn't to send them there to sit around, staring into the white martian sky and picking their noses until they die. Colonization means they are there to build infrastructure. Yea, they won't be coming back, but they'll be laying the foundation of civilization there, to be followed presumably by more colonists. Believe it or not, you can't just plop down entire cities and call it a new colony. It takes work, several generations of work, and you have to start somewhere. And while those people may be under qualified specifically for space flight, the process of building a new world of towns and roads takes many skillsets.

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