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Want to travel to Mars? The one way trip is not for Muslims, say Islamic leaders

In ten years, you may get your chance to travel one-way to Mars. (Credit: D Mitriy)

In ten years, you may get your chance to travel one-way to Mars. (Credit: D Mitriy)

Haven’t heard of the Mars One mission? A Dutch nonprofit (and potential reality show) is making plans to start a civilian Mars colony in 2024. While their plan for travel to Mars has met criticism from science bloggers who feel the plan is overly ambitious for the time frame they’ve established, on February 19, 2014, the project met another opponent: Islamic leaders who issued a fatwa against the one way travel, essentially declaring it a suicide mission. (Meanwhile, the project is taking applications, so if the Islamic fatwa does not apply to you and you’re desperate to travel to Mars, you can start the process.) Read more