Enough though – is this for real? According to Mars One, “Yes, it is!” They say they’ve been planning a Mars trip since January 2011 in secret, and only recently could they remove their embargo once they realized it could happen. They’ve received letters of interest from big-leaguers Surrey, Thales Alenia, and space’s recent commercial debutant, SpaceX. Hooking up with these companies as suppliers, Mars One aims to call on a general audience to participate in selecting the first person to leave foot prints on the surface of the Red Planet.
“Our biggest challenge is acquiring funding. Once we do, it is on,” Mars One exclaims on their site, saying the company’s trip will help produce “the biggest media event in history!”"