The hard part will not be staying alive but staying sane. You laugh now about your old AOL dial-up connection in college, but how about 20 minutes just to refresh your Twitter feed? You may be able to survive without oxygen, but can you live without bagels? Sex? Love? Our first colonists on Mars will have to be more than just brave and smart. They will have to be weird enough to handle extreme isolation.
Mars One is selecting people that will be the first interplanetary colonists on Mars. Their idea is to send people without the ability to return to Earth. I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t do it. And I’m an introvert. Unlike the article seems to imply, it isn’t about sex. Despite being an introvert and relishing the idea of a good recharge— which involves being alone— I don’t think I could go 21st century monk and retreat from civilization for the rest of my life.