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Published: Sunday, Jan. 12 2014 4:15 p.m. MST

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Provo, UT

Huh? You want to leave your wife and kids to go live forever with a few strangers in a two bedroom apartment?! Why? So you can go down in history as one of the few people who was foolish enough to attempt to colonize a planet outside the habitable zone?! This makes zero sense to me!!

Big C
Murray, UT

"I hope my children will understand." If I were that guy's wife I would pack up my children and leave HIM before he abandoned us. A simple note left on the kitchen table for him to find, "Honey, I hope you understand."

Bountiful, UT

To leave a wife and kids behind so .. you can make your mark in history .. is selfish.

E Sam
Provo, UT

Man, when I think of all the other Utahns I would rather send on a one way ticket to Mars. . . .

Utah, UT

Sounds to me like some serious psycho-evals need to be made before even considering letting these people step into a spacecraft.

Salt Lake City, UT

Why does Mark Sullivan make me feel like I'm reading an article off of the Onion?

'leaving behind a wife and four young kids is a challenge Sullivan says he is willing to accept...
“I think most people think I’m crazy,” Sullivan said. “My wife is probably one of those."
... he’ll be able to correspond with his family through email and videoconferencing as his kids grow up ...I hope that my children will understand, and I told them to come up to Mars with me when they get older.”

Your wife would be crazy to not think you're crazy.

Brigham City, UT

NGC: Apparently you don't have purple hair... ;)

Potsdam, 00

Moroni had a nice trip of comfort, when he came here to visit.
I doubt the Mars is a good place to preach anything or to help people in need.

Science has prove that it is a planet, good enough.
I hope they will change their minds, the photo shopping shows deep cold space attitude already.

Chandler, AZ

"If we had 100,000 people give $1, it would be a tremendous help."
That's $100,000. A nice sum if you're making a down payment on a house, but a drop in the bucket of the estimated $6 billion needed for the mission.

Oh yeah, and the guy's nuts for wanting to leave his wife and kids.

St. George, UT

This is a scam. Through and through. Nothing will happen. I have done careful research into "Mars One", and so far all they have done is commissioned a feasibility study by a third-party corporation that has no personal stake in the venture (all experts agree that the current feasibility of a manned Mars mission within the next 10 years is practically zero and expect the report to reflect such).

Their entire staff list on their website is nothing but marketing and PR experts and designers. There is only one person who can even remotely be called a scientist attached to this and even they aren't taken seriously by the wider space exploration community. "Mars One" is a laughing-stock at NASA and SpaceX, and so are the people that are falling for it. DO NOT BE FOOLED. I feel bad for the people they are hoodwinking. The most that will ever come out of this is a reality TV show about "training" these people, making them live and train together etcetera, for the "mission"... a mission that will never happen, especially once this marketing corporation and its managers have made their hundreds of millions off the show.

Dietrich, ID

video conferencing will be difficult as it will take a few minutes to communicate back and forth

Poppa Alan
Fruit Heights, UT

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids....

Genola, UT

Just read the article. No need for careful research.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

So this is what the fringe of society looks like...

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Sorry Mr Sullivan and I think your family should lock you out of the house. Leaving behind his family? Better buy hefty life insurance for you family.

Kitty Kane, you are a UTES if that is where you want to go on a RED Planet.

And one last questino, are you guys getting paid to be tested? But I understood this is a non profit orginization right?

I don't know, this is CRAZY!

Salt Lake City, UT

Wow that is strange. Why on earth would anyone volunteer for this? Especially someone with a wife and kids? Go to Mars and never come back? Also I agree with those that say this is likely not going to actually happen. Even if it does, I wouldn't be surprised if the people chosen die long before they were expecting (ie before they even get to Mars). But apparently to them it is "all worth it" because they get to make history.

Saint Louis, MO

As a science teacher, current technology does not support the venture. At present, humans could not even survive the 6-9 month trip. The idea behind a flying saucer is to spin and create gravity. That technology could actually work. What is going on now, would not. Therefore, this company looks like some type of Ponzi scheme.

Joan Watson

Good Greif - is the blue planet earth visible to red planet Mars as it is to the moon? Even if life could be kept alive on Mars with all the life sustaining apparatus it would take, with clothing to provide warmth and wind protection, not to mention what food could possibly be grown and water found to sustain life - it would not be long before a dad who left his wife and children for a one way trip to Mars would rue the day.

Beaverton, OR

I'm just wondering about the hormone factor. Being in that tight of a space with 4 people can only garner trouble. Anger, fidelity, and other emotions will creep in. Since Mars is not going to be already set with a habitable living environment, eventually people will get on other people's nerves.
Personally - this is the most ridiculous idea yet.


Apparently, the spirit of P.T. Barnum lives on.

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