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  1. Does Mars Mission Give Life Meaning?

    Mars One has a simple plan: Entice volunteers with a one-way mission to colonize the “Red Planet” and fund it with a reality TV show. One Australian found purpose in life as a short-lister among thousands of applicants, but he concedes that his hero, a NASA astronaut, “hates” the scheme. Crowd-funding and penny-ante sponsorships for a $6-billion mission that should cost much more — what could go wrong? Lots, starting with very little evidence to refute critics’ charges that Mars One is “nothing more than a website.”


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