Minnesotans Could Colonize Mars 02 Jan 14

Four Minnesota residents are among the semi-finalists in a program that would send humans to colonize Mars…with no prospect of ever coming back. The four are from Woodbury, New Hope, Excelsior and Eden Prairie, and are among about 1,060 semi-finalists the Netherlands-based nonprofit organization Mars One selected as possible volunteers to travel to Mars beginning in 2024. The plan has been criticized as unrealistic, and may never come to pass, but the finalists say they’re still excited to make it this far. Mars One says it received more than 200,000 applications worldwide.