Mars One strikes me as a pretty disturbing concept. Like the author of the linked editorial, I like the idea of manned exploration of space but am not quite sure we are ready for this. To summarize, Mars One plans to shoot stuff to Mars to set up for their ultimate goal of sending four explorers to the red planet, to land in April of '23. These four will be Martians, they are not expected to return to Earth, which I find a little creepy: imagine spending the rest of your life with 3 other humans, and nowhere to go off to if they piss you off, unless more immigrants can be sent. Mars One is a non-profit company that expects their project to cost $6 billion.us, about which I have my doubts (W*Mart spacecraft?). So how to raise this money? TV rights: a sort of reality-TV program, [insert imaginative and clever title here]. No tax money would be being spent on this, so they have done a nice job of eliminating that complaint. Still, I feel this is too impetuous, the thought of its inevitable demise is more than a little squicky.