Wanted: People willing to die on Mars

The man behind the private space project dubbed Mars One is looking for people willing to travel to Mars and never return, he tells CBC's Brent Bambury.

Mars One co-founder tells CBC about its proposed one-way trip to the Red Planet

Bas Lansdorp, the man behind the private space project dubbed Mars One, is looking for people to travel to Mars. But he's not offering a return ticket. 2:57

The man behind the private space project dubbed Mars One is looking for people to travel to Mars, but he's not offering a return ticket.

"The technology to get humans to Mars and keep them alive there exists," Bas Lansdorp told Day 6 host Brent Bambury in an interview that aired this week on CBC Radio.

"The technology to bring humans from Mars back to Earth simply does not exist yet."

Lansdorp said he's looking for people who are utterly dependable, good in groups and "at their best when things are at their worst."

The never-to-return explorers will require eight years of training, and the search starts this year.

The flight is scheduled to leave in Sept. 2022.

To hear the complete conversation, including how Lansdorp plans to fund the trip, click the audio button above.