Doctor FTSE recently Posted about the proposed one-way trip to Mars. This poses several interesting questions:
1. Obvious really, but why would anyone want to do this? Which leads to...
2. ...this is a perfect example of a catch 22 situation; something which is often misunderstood. For you would have to be very bright (presumably) to be chosen, and obviously in your right mind. But would anyone in their right mind want to be catapulted into space, with just a handful of others, for the rest of his or her life?
3. There would have to be a doctor on board, but what if he died?
4. Sex.....hm. Tricky one, that.
5. Babies? Or would everyone be sterilised before they set off?
6. Somebody would presumably outlive everyone else, as someone would have to be last. Imagine being all alone on Mars....it's the stuff of nightmares.
7. Food. Very little variety, I'd assume. Unless they take cows, sheep, chickens etc with them. But then all these would need oxygen. And grass. No. It wouldn't work. And even I know you can't grow carrots on Mars.
8. Laundry? Are they going to take a washing machine and an infinite amount of washing powder with them? Can you dry laundry on Mars?
9. Hobbies, interests, reading material...would they have a TV?
10. Falling out. Not out of Mars, but out with each other. A handful of eccentric nerds, stuck with each other for ever (well, it would certain feel like it). How long would the honeymoon last? As a relationship counsellor, I think I can hazard a guess. Not long.
I'm not volunteering. Would you?