78,000 People Don’t Want To Live On Earth Any More: Where Do They Wish To Go?

By Gopi Chandra Kharel on May 8, 2013 3:02 AM EDT

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The company has received an overwhelming number of applications from diverse backgrounds and from over 120 countries (Photo: Flickr.com/marscat)

If you had a better place to live elsewhere in the universe, would you forget this Earth?

For 78,000 people belonging to various corners of the earth, they wouldn't want to live on earth even if living elsewhere would mean outrageous things such as recycling and drinking one's own urine, and having no natural air to breath.

No sooner had an organization announced a plan to take humans to the neighboring planet, Mars than the company was swamped with a torrent of application to be among the first to go there.

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Only two weeks into the total of 19-week application period, more than 78,000 people have already enrolled themselves as "applicants" in the selection program of Mars One, the company that plans to settle humans permanently in the Red Planet.

The company has received an overwhelming number of applications from diverse backgrounds and from over 120 countries. Among others, most enthusiastic people to become "Marsians" are from the United States with 17,324 of them applying for the selection program.

Chinese stands in the second place with 10,241 people applying in the hope of becoming a Mars settler in 2023. Applications from United Kingdom stand at 3581 while among countries from which most applications came were Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and India.

"Mars One is a mission representing all humanity and its true spirit will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented. I'm proud that this is exactly what we see happening," Bas Lansdorp, mars One Co-Founder and CEO said in a release emailed to International Science Times.

As part of the application, people are required to explain his/her motivation behind their decision to go to Mars in a short video.

"What do you see when you turn on your television? I see the world in chaos. Man kills one another over small petty differences and biased opinions," says 25-year-old Elijah from Canada in his video expressing his wish to settle in Mars. "I believe Mars One has given us the opportunity to put our biases behind us and to move forward as a united species"

A heavy tide of videos has gripped the official application page with people expressing their desire in varieties of way, some of them appearing to be dramatic.

"I would like to go to Mars because I would love to be a part of something great, some type of unifying global experience that brings the world together," says Joseph Sweeney (24) from United States whose video has already secured 3,256 views. The video starts with a dramatic conversation of him with a machine.

"Being able to give back to humanity something like the knowledge that we would get from being on Mars, to a sense of adventure or even something as simple as hope, would be extremely gratifying," he added with a smug grin. 

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