Of course they would. Why, do you think you're too important to be thrown under the bus? Face it, the only limit to the number of people that can be thrown under a bus is how many that bus is capable of squashing. They're nostly nerds anyway so nobody really cares. Heck, I'd throw their whole fucking families under the bus. Then I'd throw the bus drivers under the bus as well. And then I'd drive the bus.
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah... A manned expedition there would be horribly hazardous. Even if the crew could survive the trip, the environmental conditions on site would be extremely hostile to life.