by Brandt

A not-so-far stretch from the foreseeable future, the team at Mars One is well on its way to making the attempts to land an astronaut (more like a team of four astronauts) on the surface of Mars a reality.

With a projected date of 2024, Mars One is taking the steps necessary in putting a crew (and budget) in place to get mankind to the Red Planet.

The mission? To colonize.

As the Federal Government has long since cut funding to NASA, the question asked moving forward is: Where will the money (or funding) come from?

“The Dutch not-for-profit organization is raising money any way it can. That means broadcasting rights, sponsorship deals, crowd funding, donations from philanthropists, and licensing intellectual property rights from inventions made along the way,” explains The Guardian.

In the meantime, Stateless Media offers a ten-minute snippet into the window of Mars One’s mission, in which it interviews three of the potential astronauts, from a candidate pool of over 200,000 volunteers (Yes, I said volunteers!), about their anticipations and anxieties, leading up to selection, and beyond.

Included within the narrative of discussions contemplating the unknown of exploration of the alien planet, what can be seen as well, throughout, is an intertwining collage of breathtakingly surreal landscapes here on Earth (and in which mirror and/or mimic that of Mars).

If for doing nothing more, If I Die on Mars should be used to create a dialog, opening up a conversation (and invitation) as to the possible and potential hopes for the future of mankind once landed on Mars.

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Sources:
http://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/feb/09/mars-one-mission-a-one-way-trip-to-the-red-planet-in-2024
http://www.statelessmedia.com/if-i-die-on-mars/
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/03/05/nasa_budget_2015_more_cuts_more_politics.html