Astronauts have always been heroes. And ever since Neil Armstrong took one giant leap for mankind, astronauts seemed to become more real, more accessible and more broadcast.
The last months have provided extra entertainment from out of space, since the witty Commander Chris Hadfield used modern communication to show us down here how things work out there. He showed us how astronauts brush their teeth and even explained how a spaceship toilet functions. Almost 1 million people followed him on Twitter and learned how life feels when there is no gravity. He ended his space odyssey by performing a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ and delivering what we Earthlings now call the first music video filmed in space. The video has already had over 12 million views on YouTube.
Yet, we don’t need to look at viral video numbers to guess the popularity of space. All it takes is for us to believe the unbelievable: that around 80.000 people subscribed to win a one way ticket to Mars, in the most literal way possible. Mars One is a project that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars in 2023.
Applications are open on their homepage where they also explain more about the project: “Mars One intends to fund this decade-long endeavor by involving the whole world as the audience of an interactive, televised broadcast of every aspect of this mission, from the astronaut selections and their preparations to the arrival on Mars and their lives on the Red Planet.”But be careful when signing those terms and conditions! The adventure goes one way only. There is no coming back from the Red Planet.
All of this other worldy activity will certainly raise the bar for future reality TV shows…