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Elon Musk wants to colonize Mars, and he's looking for volunteers. Musk says the first people who volunteer for a Mars mission must "be prepared to die" as they go on their one-way trip to Mars. Many people can't wait to explore the unknown. They'll be doing something no human has ever done before. Others would rather stay on Earth, where the air is breathable and there are fewer chances of dying a horrible death. What do you think? 🚀

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Elon Musk wants to go to Mars because the entire human species could go extinct without warning.

Even though it seems like we’re on our safe little planet in a silent and still universe, it’s actually more like being in a forest that’s currently calm and peaceful—but every once in a while, a terrifying bloodthirsty carnivore bursts out of the trees and ravages most of the life here, wiping it from existence. 

Our planet has been the setting for five mass extinction events in the past, when our quiet Earth became the setting for an unspeakable nightmare for everything that lived here at the time. And it’ll happen again—right here, where you sit. The only question is when.

Elon Musk's answer to this problem is to go to Mars in order to create a backup population of humans. Here's how Tim Urban puts it:

Let’s imagine the Earth is a hard drive, and each species on Earth, including our own, is a Microsoft Excel document on the hard drive filled with trillions of rows of data. Using our shortened timescale, where 50 million years = one month, here’s what we know:
  • Right now, it’s August of 2015
  • The hard drive (i.e. the Earth) came into existence 7.5 years ago, in early 2008
  • A year ago, in August of 2014, the hard drive was loaded up with Excel documents (i.e. the origin of animals). Since then, new Excel docs have been continually created and others have developed an error message and stopped opening (i.e gone extinct).
  • Since August 2014, the hard drive has crashed five times—i.e. extinction events—in November 2014, in December 2014, in March 2015, April 2015, and July 2015. Each time the hard drive crashed, it rebooted a few hours later, but after rebooting, about 70% of the Excel docs were no longer there. Except the March 2015 crash, which erased 95% of the documents.
  • Now it’s mid-August 2015, and the homo sapiens Excel doc was created about two hours ago.
Now—if you owned a hard drive with an extraordinarily important Excel doc on it, and you knew that the hard drive pretty reliably tended to crash every month or two, with the last crash happening five weeks ago—what’s the very obvious thing you’d do?
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Here are the top seven reasons you shouldn't go to Mars.

  1. The rocket could blow up and would die.
  2. If a solar flare occurs, you will be exposed to a huge amount of radiation and die.
  3. The landing could go wrong and you would die.
  4. The microgravity would wreak havoc on your body and you could die.
  5. If your spacesuit leaks, or your home leaks, you would die.
  6. Martian soil is toxic and with enough exposure, you would die.
  7. Your fellow humans might turn on you and you would die. 

Watch the video below if you need more reasons to stay on Earth. 

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Would you take a one way trip to Mars?
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