"As 22-year-old hopeful Thomas Eccles points out, '"can you imagine how deranged and unstable I would eventually become? That would make for some impressive TV gold. But having 'been to Mars' on your CV has got to be pretty impressive, right?' "
This has got to be a spoof, hasn't it, this Guardian article on a mission to Mars funded by selling the reality-TV rights? Hasn't it?
"In 2022 four astronauts, picked from tens of thousands of applicants,
will jet off on a one-way mission to Mars as part of the world's most
expensive reality TV show... The £4bn project, founded in 2010 by engineer Bas Lansdorp, is set to
recoup its costs by selling the broadcasting rights to the mission. 'The biggest media event in the world,' said Paul Römer, the co-creator of Big Brother and ambassador of the project, on the Mars One website. 'Reality meets talent show with no ending and the whole world watching. Now there's a good pitch.'"