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Thousands apply to go to Mars — and never come back

Mars

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In just two days, more than 33,000 people around the world — including 23 Canadians — volunteered to go on a one-way mission to Mars.

The Mars One project — which aims to put four humans on the Red Planet in a decade and send more every two years — began accepting applications and audition videos April 22.

The mission to live on Mars permanently is open to people around the world who are healthy and over the age of 18.

"In 1000 years, everyone on Earth will still remember who the first humans on Mars were, just like Neil Armstrong has etched in our memories forever," said Bas Lansdorp, co-founder of Mars One.

Project officials estimate the trip will take about seven months and cost more than $6 billion, raised from sponsors and donations.

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