So perhaps Garbage was right singing The World Is Not Enough: about eight Romanians are ready for the challenge – colonization of Mars somewhere around 2022. The project is developed by Mars One organization and it means that the selected colonizers are willing to stay on Mars forever after they are shipped over there.
When you think about it, it’s way cheaper going to Mars than taking a train in Romania (yes, I might have an obsession with the railway system over here). The ticket fare is really a bargain: from $15 to $38 depending on nationality and GDP if selected.
I do not know: I would love the adventure for a few days, weeks or so, but having to remain over there forever? No, not me, I am an earthy creature. Then you have to build houses, farm the land, be a Robinson Crusoe again… I could do it on Earth but no other planet, it’s too Star Trek in any case.
It also points out that we really should take better care of the ground beneath our feet and cherish the planet we have already been granted than fantasize about destroying another one. I can just imagine the first industrial railway road on Mars… then fast food, oil and coal industrial race and so on and so forth, and then they will probably look for yet another planet or star or anything ready made. Not very sustainable is it?