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Mars One Update: What Would You Take?

In June 2013, <a title="You've Been Invited to Mars" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/Youve-Been-Invited-to-Mars-Seriously" target="_blank">we waxed philosophical</a> on the news that a Dutch company planned to send 24 humans to Mars as part of the Mars One mission – a one-way trip that would establish a colony on Mars funded by global viewership, kind of like “The Truman Show” in space.</br></br>People thought it was crazy then, but now that the firm has pared some 200,000 applicants down to 100 possible future Martians, <a title="Mars One" href="http://www.mars-one.com/news/press-releases/the-mars-100-mars-one-announces-round-three-astronaut-candidates" target="_blank">called the Mars 100</a>, things are starting to get real.</br></br>Of these 50 men and 50 women, up to 24 (six groups of four) will be selected for the first mission, which is scheduled to launch in 2024 after many years of training and preparation.</br></br>Recently, <em>The Washington Post</em> asked a handful of finalists <a title="Washington Post" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/would-you-give-up-everything-to-be-the-first-on-mars-these-people-would/2015/02/11/fd76b3fc-afcc-11e4-886b-c22184f27c35_story.html" target="_blank">what they would take on their one-way trip to Mars</a>. The answers ranged from family art to iPods, but it seemed there were a few things absent from the list …</br></br><strong>A Blanket</strong></br></br>Those in the know say that Mars gets pretty chilly in the evenings, particularly around the poles. When you’re facing temperatures of –243ºF it might be nice to have your favorite <a title="Blankets &amp; Throws" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bed/bed-bath/blankets-throws/" target="_blank">blanket</a> to snuggle up with – and maybe cry into as you gaze with longing upon the pale blue dot in the Martian sky.</br></br><strong>Twinkies</strong></br></br>Can you imagine the value of a Twinkie on Mars if you can manage not to devour it shortly after arrival? Every day you don’t eat it is a day it becomes even more delicious, at least until the day your fellow cosmonauts decide your Twinkie is worth more than you.</br></br><strong>Ping Pong Paddles / Balls</strong></br></br>Scientists estimate the average length of enjoyment of low-gravity <a title="Ping Pong" href="http://www.atgstores.com/sports/sporting-goods/games-hobbies/ping-pong/ping-pong-paddles/" target="_blank">ping pong</a> to be roughly 36 years, which should be enough to outlast even the longest bouts of cabin fever and depression. Golf clubs are preferred, of course, as past lunar visits have proven, but there won’t be a lot of time spent outdoors on the Red Planet.</br></br><strong>Space Flask</strong></br></br>Okay, so it’s just a flask before it gets into space, but once it does it’s officially a Space Flask, which everyone knows is widely considered one of the most coveted objects in the galaxy. You can fill it with Tang, but doing so greatly reduces its value upon liftoff.</br></br><strong>Hammock</strong></br></br><a title="Hammocks" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor/patio-furniture/hammocks-accessories/hammocks/" target="_blank">Hammocks</a> are lightweight, comfortable, collapsible and totally portable, which makes them the ultimate in space relaxation. When first contact finally happens, it will surprise no one at all if our new intergalactic friends are already well-versed in the ways of the hammock.</br></br>What about you? What would you take on your trip to Mars?
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