Do you have the right stuff for mission to Mars?
By the year 2023, my eldest daughter will be wrapping up her PhD (at age 16), my youngest will have just turned pro in the WTA, and the time will be right for an early retirement. On Mars.
It's sandy, scenic, quiet, and with some work could easily support a lively sports bar and comfortable coffee house. There's no denying it's the ultimate exotic travel destination, which is why I'm poised to sign on with Mars One, which began accepting online astronaut applications Monday.
The non-profit foundation, led by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, aims to send humans on a one-way trip to establish a permanent settlement (rendered below) on the Red Planet. Lift-off isn't slated for another 10 years, giving me plenty of time to pack, take part in the Leafs' Stanley Cup parade, and convince my wife to come along. Even if I can't persuade Angela to join me on the pioneering flight -- I'm sure Mars gets Grey's Anatomy, honey -- Lansdorp et al will undoubtedly agree to ship my family and friends over ASAP.