Post # 1
What in the actual fuck…
So, I was listening to the radio this AM and it appears thousands of people from around the world have applied for a one way ticket to Mars that will leave sometime before 2024. One of the applicants was a man who has been married for 4 years and has 4 children between the ages of 6 months and 13. He didn’t tell his wife he applied.
The wife is considering divorcing him but says that since her husband works out of town, they are used to long distance. Considering?! Out of town?! It’s Mars. MARS! I really can’t wrap my head around anyone who would stay in a relationship with a person who applied to live the rest of his life on another planet. I expect my husband to tell me when he will be late for dinner let alone applying for a space mission.
Post # 3
I heard this too! Avid he hopes his children can forgive him. Ummm… if my dad chose to go to Mars forever rather than stick around with us, I’d fucking hate him. These people are nuts.
Post # 4
Mars One, the organisation offering these tickets, is just in the conceptual stage. They come off as real amateurs. In other words, no one’s going to Mars in so short a time frame, and it’s almost a guarentee that no organisation outside of governments will be the ones to pull it off (initially).
They depend a lot of publicity to help bolster their fundraising, so stories like this are great for them. But the business plan seems to fail at every hurdle. $6 billion is joke money for this kind of endeavour. The man in question will have to deal with his marital issues on Earth.
Post # 5
I wouldn’t be mad. It’s one of those pie in the sky dreams,like signing up to live on the moon. Hey, I don’t think dh would be pissed if I signed up to be doctor who’s next companion either,both are equally as likely.
Post # 6
The chances of him being picked are so low that it’s not something I would worry about.
Post # 7
@Bette_Noire: This was the first I heard about it. I thought it sounded far fetched but all things math and science are not my strong suits, so what do I know 😛
Post # 8
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I agree with pp, I was wondering what the odds of him being picked are. If they were very likely, them I agree with you. If not then, eh.
Post # 9
That’s a very tall order for only 10 years. I agree, it’s probably not going to happen. That said, my husband has always said that if NASA ever approached him and asked him to go to the moon/Mars/through a stargate, he’d drop everything and go. I asked him to call first, lol. I won’t lie, I’d take that opportunity too. XD But preferably with my spouse. 😛
ETA: That guy has guts if he truly wants to colonize Mars. Remember what the peoples from Europe that came to North America went through in their attempts to colonize. And aid isn’t just a plane ride away it’s several months in a space ship subjected to tremendous solar radiation (that they haven’t figured out how to mitigate yet, hah), and then thrown onto a planet that has less atmosphere, water, infrastructure, etc. NOOOOO THANKS.
Post # 10
But what if he DID get picked? Someone has to be picked, so it is possible (pretending that this mission is actually going to happen). Wouldn’t the very idea that he’d be willing to go and not even discuss it with you (and your 4 children!) really piss you off?
Post # 11
The mission is supposed to leave in 10 years.
If she’s tossing out the idea of divorcing him just for APPLYING, I am sure she’ll find a semi-legitimate reason to divorce him in the next 10 years, before he leaves.
Post # 12
@tksjewelry: Yeah but what if you signed up and didn’t tell him? I’m assuming the wife knows now and realizes there isn’t anything she can do about it. But generally, in a marriage, big decisions are discussed together. You don’t just sign up to go to Mars and not tell your wife about it.
Post # 13
@MrsPanda99: that’s the thing, you can’t avoid the fact that it’s a make believe mission. Any wife that would use that ridiculous situation to leave her husband was already looking for a way out. And if he in any way took it seriously, well, then he just needs a good psychiatrist.
Post # 14
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If he did get picked & was willing to.go, hell yeah I’d be pissed. Though just applying i wouldn’t be upset, just the possibility wouldn’t seem real to me. Also I’m assuming from the point of view of a good relationship, if Dh applied & he had a history of putting me last/ being self absorbed , I would’ve also been upset.
Post # 15
@MrsPanda99: Given that the mission is at a very much theoretic stage, even if they were ready to launch tomorrow, they would still need to do months or years of tests on the participants. He could also back out at any time, it’s not like they’re going to tie him to the rocket.
Post # 16
whether the mission is fictional or not, the fact that my husband was willing to leave me and my children would be an issue so i don’t blame her.