Originally Posted by jefboyardee
I think the reason is that if it takes forty years to transport living humans there and another forty to bring them back, itís not worth the effort. Itíd be better to let them go forth and multiply.
According to the article, it'll take ten years:
"Mars One only asks that applicants be at least 18 years of age (they will be 28 by the time they land on Mars), speak English and donít have any pressing business on Earth ó ever. This is a one-way kind of deal."
Here's the web site for Mars One
Also, if anyone can't read the original article I linked to [in the LA Times] because it requires a subscription, let me know and I'll paste its contents here [with full attribution, of course].