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An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. (HANDOUT/REUTERS)
An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft approaching Mars. (HANDOUT/REUTERS)

Why eight ordinary Canadians have volunteered for a (one-way) voyage to Mars Add to ...

Dutch-based venture Mars One wants to beat NASA to the red planet. How does it plan to beat NASA's 2035 target? By making the mission one-way only.

Sixty-four ordinary Canadians are among thousands globally who have applied to take the voyage, as applicants are not required to have any specialized training. The Globe and Mail caught up with eight of these men and women to ask them - why Mars?

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