The nation rejoices

Mars One mission: 5 Britons shortlisted for one-way trip to Red Planet
Richard Murphy, Colin Hines, Laurie Penny, Margaret, Lady Hodge and Polly Toynbee are the British names put forward to become the first humans to step foot on the Red Planet

12 thoughts on “The nation rejoices”

  1. Was thee really no room for Owen Jones in there?

    They should be able to fit him in – he is only a light-weight after all.

  2. So Much for Subtlety

    Wouldn’t you love to see a reality show based on cameras in the vessel during the six months or more it would take to get there?

    How long do you think it would take before they resorted to a bloody purge and/or cannibalism?

  3. It will start an inter-planetary war. The Martians, being aliens and non-doms, will take great offence to being accused of tax evasion for paying Murphy M$10 without a receipt for voluntarily submitting to an anal probe.

  4. So Much for Subtlety

    DocBud – “It will start an inter-planetary war. The Martians, being aliens and non-doms, will take great offence to being accused of tax evasion for paying Murphy M$10 without a receipt for voluntarily submitting to an anal probe.”

    I expect Murphy would be paying them.

    Rob – “They’ll get there, find it is a hell hole and claim it isn’t red after all and never was.”

    But not before a decade of proclaiming equality, siblinghood of all lifeforms and tractor production through the roof. Mind you, La Toynbee would get bored once she realised there weren’t enough Umbrian peasants to patronise.

  5. The people putting forth those names know its a *two-way* trip, right?

    I can hear the groans of disappointment all the way over here, as the realization sets in.

  6. An excellent passenger list, given that the Outer Space Treaty forbids contamination of other planetary bodies and mandates the thorough sterilisation of outgoing spacecraft.

  7. Bloke in Costa Rica

    We need to work on rockets powerful enough to kill angular momentum at Earth’s orbit and then we can fly Murphy et al. into the Sun, which is much better than sending them to Mars.

  8. Couldn’t we add in Owen Jones as well, and as Bloke in CR suggests – change the trajectory to fly it into the Sun?

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