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Mars One Candidates Speak Out in 'If I Die On Mars' Short Film

Would you die on Mars? The Guardian interviewed three people that want to do just that as part of Mars One — a privately funded one-way mission to Mars planned to launch in the 2020s. The three potential Mars astronauts talk about their motivations for going to Mars and leaving Earth behind forever. Mars One representatives hope to launch the first crew of four people to the Red Planet by 2024, with an expected landing date the next year. The organization also plans to launch gear for the settlers to the planet ahead of the astronauts' arrival. You can watch the 10-minute video called "If I Die on Mars" in the window below. (Some sensitive and adult themes are discussed in the film that might not be great for kids.)

If I Die on Mars from Guardian News & Media Ltd on Vimeo.

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Miriam Kramer
Miriam Kramer joined Space.com as a staff writer in December 2012. Since then, she has floated in weightlessness on a zero-gravity flight, felt the pull of 4-Gs in a trainer aircraft and watched rockets soar into space from Florida and Virginia. She also serves as Space.com's lead space entertainment reporter, and enjoys all aspects of space news, astronomy and commercial spaceflight.  Miriam has also presented space stories during live interviews with Fox News and other TV and radio outlets. She originally hails from Knoxville, Tennessee where she and her family would take trips to dark spots on the outskirts of town to watch meteor showers every year. She loves to travel and one day hopes to see the northern lights in person. You can follow Miriam on Twitter and Google+.