Documentary - One Way Astronaut (2014)

Stephan, Sara, Henri and Beatriz are four people who, like tens of thousands of applicants from all over the world, answered an advertisement for people who’d like to visit Mars. There’s only one catch: this mission is one-way only. The Mars One initiative plans to take four astronauts on a mission to Mars within ten years. The astronauts leave knowing they’ll never see those they love again. The documentary portrays aspiring astronauts from around the world and the billionaire founder of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp. His total budget is six billion dollars, which he has to achieve by producing a reality TV show—live coverage of the mission broadcast over the entire world. Since applications opened in 2013, Mars One has received hundreds of thousands of inquiries and thousands paying for the privilege to apply for a one-way ticket. But their enthusiasm is matched by others’ horror at the suicidal idea.

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 6:30pm
Main Library Auditorium