Want to go to Mars and stay there? Everybody else wants you to. Including NASA and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), who are drawing up plans for the 'Hundred-Year Starship' program, which, if successful, will leave humans on alien planets for good. Uh-oh. Time to eat your protein pills and put your helmet on!
The first planet in sight? It may be Mars.
Worden expects the program to take off within the next two decades. "I think we'll be on the moons of Mars by 2030 or so," Worden said, according to Kurzweil AI.
So far, NASA has contributed $100,000 to the project, and DARPA has chipped in $1 million, according to Gear Log. That isn't nearly enough for blast-off, but Worden hopes to convince additional individuals to invest.
"[Google co-founder] Larry [Page] asked me a couple weeks ago how much it would cost to send people one way to Mars and I told him $10 billion, and his response was, 'Can you get it down to 1 or 2 billion?' So now we're starting to get a little argument over the price," Worden said.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! So far the project has $1.1million in funding? You can't even buy a spaceship wing for that much! Let alone safety belts. Not that you're gonna need them anyway, since you're never coming back to see your family. You know what? I say we send prison convicts. Isn't that what they did in 'Armageddon'? No? Those were professional drillers? I'm a professional driller. TELL ME WHERE YOU HID THE MONEY OR SO HELP ME GOD I'LL SLIT YOUR WRINKLY NIPS OFF. Works every time.
Thanks to Jonah Ray, who refuses to sign up until NASA agrees to make Wayfarers the official eyewear of the outerspace program.