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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

A one-way ticket to Mars? 78,000-plus and counting apply by video

By Deborah Netburn






JewishWorldReview.com |

LOS ANGELES — (MCT) Do you dream of living on Mars? Then turn on your webcam. You've got an application video to make.

Mars One, a Netherlands-based group that wants to turn the colonizing of Mars into a reality television phenomenon, has started accepting applications for its astronaut selection program.

In just two weeks, more than 78,000 people from more than 120 countries have applied.

You don't need previous experience in rocket science, astronomy or really anything to apply for the Mars One astronaut selection program — but you will need to be at least 18 years old and have nerves of steel.

Mars doesn't offer much in terms of human comforts: There's no running water, you can't breathe the air, the atmosphere won't protect you from harmful radiation and the surface temperature fluctuates wildly.

Also, the ticket that Mars One hopes to offer up is exclusively one way. Once you go, you won't be coming back.

Mars settlers wanted. Send audition tape. No, seriously.

Here in America it will cost you $38 to submit an application to https://apply.mars-one.com/. You will be asked to answer questions, including why you want to go to Mars and how you feel about never returning to Earth. You will also be asked to describe your sense of humor.

"What we are looking for is not restricted to a particular background," Norbert Kraft, the chief medical officer for the group, said in a statement. "From Round 1 we will take forward the most committed, creative, resilient and motivated applicants."

The plan is to have 28 to 40 candidates selected by 2015. Those candidates will train in groups for about seven years and eventually — if the project lasts that long — an audience will vote on which group will go to Mars.

But before you get too excited, keep in mind that Mars One still has a lot of fundraising and engineering ahead before its mission to Mars becomes a real possibility, co-founder Bas Landsorp told the Los Angeles Times last June.


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He estimates it will cost $6 billion to fly people to Mars and make the planet habitable for them when they get there. He's hoping to raise part of those funds through the application process, and with a subsequent worldwide reality show.

Many applicants have made their application video public on the Mars One website and you can filter the videos by country of origin, age, gender and popularity.

As of now, the most popular application video was submitted by Anders, a 51-year-old man from Sweden.

Speaking calmly into his webcam with just slightly accented English, he explains why he wants to go Mars.

"Well, I often fantasize to just get on board a spaceship and go, to explore the universe," he says. "I often get the feeling that I don't belong here, but out there. In space."

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