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LIFE ON MARS? - The final 100 chosen

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Artist's impression of Mars One's planned colony on the Red Planet, which would begin with the touchdown of four people in 2025 and continuing growing thereafter.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – Narrowed down to the final 100 applicants, from the original 200,000, Mars-bound hopefuls from around the world are being studied and the final 100 have been selected. 

These astronauts, as we have noted, will remain and eventually die on Mars, all the while studying and learning about the Red Planet.

One of the 100 finalists, Natalie Lawler of Brisbane, Australia, spoke to a news program there about her desire to be one of the final four who will first go to Mars. Twenty-four, total, will ultimately go to Mars in succession.

“All humans have this natural curiosity and it’s the next giant leap for mankind,” Lawler told the hosts, noting that the first Mars One crew is expected to head there in the 2024-25 time frame.

It’s an “ambitious” time frame, admitted Lawler.

The hosts asked if Lawler was concerned about never touching her children –two daughters - ever again. She had a somewhat awkward smile on her face as she answered, saying that she can communicate via video screen and that she will “learn to parent from afar.”

“Every two years will send another four astronauts to live on Mars,” Lawler said.

Other news outlets have talked to the candidates - 33 are American - and they accept the fact that they will die on Mars.

Once there, of course, we hope they answer David Bowie's age-old question - is there "life on Mars?"

For more on this issue, read our recent piece "Space pioneers press on in ongoing pursuit of cosmic answers." 

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