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PHOENIX -

Earlier this month, we told you about a project that plans to build a colony on Mars. They hope to have people living on the red planet in less than 10 years.

Nearly 100,000 people signed up to be a part of the colony, knowing full well that it's a one way trip -- there's no coming back. We caught up with a valley man who paid to be on that list.

It really does sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but the founders of the Mars One Project insist they are serious and it's possible. So far at least 100,000 people around the world have applied and paid for the chance to be first humans on the planet.

Six people in Arizona are among the applicants.

It's the fourth planet from the sun, and only in science fiction writing is there any life there. But could life on Mars be a reality?

The Mars One Project invites anyone in the world over 18 years old to apply for about $40. A one way trip to the red planet, the chance to become the first humans ever to colonize Mars.

Phoenix resident James Erthum signed up and paid.

"I get told everyday by my coworkers oh, what if they don't ever come back, it's just a one way trip. Well you'll miss people but you'll be making a big milestone for humanity," he says.

Erthum is an x-ray technician. In his spare time he enjoys electrical and wood work.

Erthum explained, in his application video, what skills make him the right man for the job.

"I would like to explain why I'm the perfect candidate for this mission."

But the mission, many scientists argue, is unfeasible. The technology to send a person to Mars doesn't exist, and it's unclear if humans could survive the journey or life on the planet.

"The other company believes it's possible so why can't it be? I just hope it is and not some big scam."

Mars One says it's doable. They explain the crew will use technology to make water and oxygen, once on Mars.

It all sounds good to Erthum, but if possible, there's no way to return to earth. But Erthum says it's his ticket to land beyond the moon.

"My generation needs something big to have done and this is our opportunity and I would love to be part of it."

Just to get the first crew up to Mars, the organization expects it will cost $6 billion. The Mars One Project says part of the way they'll fund the trip -- selling reality shows about the crews experience beyond earth.

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