The Price of Exploration

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Imagine you have been selected as a candidate for a one way trip to Mars. Your name will be forever immortalized in the history books of both planets. Because of your selfless sacrifice, the human species will continue to exist and evolve should a catastrophic event make one planet inhospitable for life. Its always a good idea to have a Plan B.
Makes sense; but now how do you feel? Do you have enough hope and faith in the human species to give your life? Is it worth it? Setting the foundations for the next home of mankind will be your job until the day you die. Yes, it will take three or four generations, but it is necessary. The Earth will not be here forever, nor will our Sun. As a species, we must either spread out to other stars, or face extinction. Sooner or later it will happen, if we continue to be a one planet species.
You’ve studied your whole life. This mission is what you were born for, a chance to go to a new world. Giving up everything. Total sacrifice. Total bliss. An adrenaline high for the rest of your life.
What would you ask for in compensation for your sacrifice? Assure family, friends and charitable organizations are taken care of, of course. Its a given that schools and streets are going to be named after you. The first born child (boy or girl) for twenty years will bear your name.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know that you will die on another planet far away from your loved ones, because your faith in the human species, was as strong as the faith it had in itself.
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