Originally Posted by Hadron
10 years seems remarkably slow -Curiosity had a flight time of 8 months. And I don't think we can maintain a closed life support loop for that long, so if that's the flight time (and I've not read the link yet) I'd really not recommend signing up.
But I really doubt anything will come of this.
The trip will not take 10 years. I checked out the web site and it shows a timeline of the plans spanning into the 2020's. There are several phases with milestones every couple of years to set up the facilities to accept the colonists. Once the facilities are in place, the trip to send the first group of colonists will take less than a year to complete. There will be a group of 4. Then additional colonists will follow every couple of years.
Not sure where the 10 years came from. Possibly for the entire length of the project to get the first colonists. Also, the colonists will need to undergo some training to acclimate themselves to being isolated by putting them in some remote area for a long period of time.
This is definitely an interesting endevour. Personally, I would not volunteer.