“We Live In A Country Without Dreams,” Says Chinese Businessman Signed Up For One-Way Trip To Mars

Mars One

Ma Qiang, a 39-year-old businessman, was among the earliest volunteers for the Mars One project, a one-way trip to the Red Planet with no scheduled return. He sparked a wave of Chinese applicants, to the point that only the US has more willing volunteers for this Netherlands project, and that, in turn, has authorities worried.

Reports SCMP: “Starting from Sunday, major state news outlets issued a series of reports alleging the project was a business scam and that its organiser was incapable of and insincere about sending people to Mars.”

“We live in a country without dreams,” Ma said. “Our people should be allowed to dream for something that seems impossible today but possible with an effort tomorrow, not discouraged and scared.”

Meanwhile, Mars One has issued a statement reiterating its seriousness. Via Xinhua:

Mars One, a non-profit company, said it “is committed to landing the first human crew on Mars in 2023.” While claiming it has more than ten thousand Chinese applicants by now, the company are receiving more and more doubts from China.

We applaud people like Ma, who are obviously aiming for the stars, figuratively speaking. Failing to make Mars, they’ll probably die not reach the moon, instead dying in their cold spacecraft or in a fiery disintegration while trying to reenter Earth’s atmosphere. But the point is at least they tried.

(H/T Alicia)

    3 Responses to ““We Live In A Country Without Dreams,” Says Chinese Businessman Signed Up For One-Way Trip To Mars”

    1. Fred

      It’s a brilliant scam. Reality TV where you don’t need to pay the participants, and the big prize is a life sentence of hard labor dying alone. The monotony alone will kill any audience that is built up, and I can only assume that once it’s “off air” the air goes off as well. Further bonus to the organizers, zero reason to pay anything once they are there, as money will be worthless.

    2. SeaHorse

      One word about Chinese people on Mars: FIREFLY. We are one step closer to Firefly people! I’m getting ready for that day. Working up my swear words, buying a cowboy hat, developing angsty anti-authoritarian backstory…

      Also for Futurama fans, I’m a little disappointed his name isn’t Wong.


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