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Watch: “If I Die on Mars” Documentary Profiles Three Finalists to Colonize the Planet

“To lead to the beginnings of the first civilization on another planet. That is my legacy.”

Would you be willing to leave everything and everyone familiar behind—including the very planet you and every other human in history has ever known as home—never to return again? The Guardian’s new short documentary “If I Die on Mars” follows three of the 660 volunteers still in the running to do just that on Mars One’s mission to colonize the Red Planet.


Ryan, a physics student from the UK believes it’s all about leaving a legacy. “A lot of people do that by, say, having a child and having a family,” he says. “For me, this would be my legacy. To try and find out if there’s life on Mars, to inspire a new generation, to lead to the beginnings of the first civilization on another planet. That is my legacy.”

In 2012, more than 200,000 people applied for a spot on the ambitious mission slated for 2024. Beginning that year, the non-profit will send groups of four people to Mars every two years, slowly but surely building a colony. The amateur astronauts will reside in space capsules and inflatable habitats. They will extract water from the soil and farm the majority of their food. If selected, the explorers would never come back to Earth, and likely die sooner rather than later.

Dina, an Iraqi woman who immigrated to the US never to return again, speaks to her independence. “Going back is not an option—never. I don’t feel like I need a family to be able to survive and exist,” she says.

Jeremias, a doctor from Mozambique, believes it’s time for a clean slate—for humanity. “I think this world is not a good place to live anymore,” he says. “We have so many diseases, we have so many armed conflicts, we have natural disasters, we have inequities, we have so many problems that I believe it’s not possible to solve. I would like to see a better world compared to this one and I think a good way to solve those problems is to start from the beginning.”

A new wave of finalists will be announced on February 16. Later this year, a series of reality shows about the Mars One mission, which will allow viewers to select the final colonist as well as follow the amateur astronauts as they prepare for and go on their mission will premiere.

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If you are totally ready to move on from Donald Trump, you're not alone. According to a report last April from the Wason Center National Survey of 2020 Voters, "President Trump will be the least popular president to run for reelection in the history of polling."

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After three years on the sidelines, Colin Kapernick will be working out for multiple NFL teams on Saturday, November 16 at the Atlanta Falcons facility.

The former 49er quarterback who inflamed the culture wars by peacefully protesting against social injustice during the national anthem made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday.

Kaepernick is scheduled for a 15-minute on-field workout and an interview that will be recorded and sent to all 32 teams. The Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions are expected to have representatives in attendance.

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"We like our quarterback situation right now," Miami head coach, Brian Flores said. "We're going to do our due diligence."

NFL Insider Steve Wyche believes that the workout is the NFL's response to multiple teams inquiring about the 32-year-old quarterback. A league-wide workout would help to mitigate any potential political backlash that any one team may face for making an overture to the controversial figure.

Kapernick is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) so any team could have reached out to him. But it's believed that the interested teams are considering him for next season.

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Earlier this year, Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reached a financial settlement with the league in a joint collusion complaint. The players alleged that the league conspired to keep them out after they began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

Before the 2019 season, Kaepernick posted a video of himself working out on twitter to show he was in great physical condition and ready to play.

Kaepnick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012 and the NFC Championship game in 2013.

He has the 23rd-highest career passer rating in NFL history, the second-best interception rate, and the ninth-most rushing yards per game of any quarterback ever. In 2016, his career to a sharp dive and he won only of 11 games as a starter.

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