Why Is Living on Mars a Terrible Idea?

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March 10, 2013

The Mars One mission has instantly exploded in popularity, with support from legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin and more than 78,000 international applicants vying for the opportunity to permanently settle on the red planet by 2023. A Mars colony has been a far-fetched sci-fi dream for ages, but the fanfare for 'Mars One' looks like that dream may actually be turning into a reality. Still, a lifetime of movies and cold, hard common sense should help you to realize living on Mars a truly terrible idea. Keeping the following things in mind should bring you back down to Earth if you're considering making the Mars plunge.