02/24/12 10:37am

Mars needs you.

On that headline alone, you should apply for this thing. It’s a four-month-long Cornell and NASA study that wants to figure out what it would be like to store, prepare and eat food on a hypothetical Mars mission, and it’s in Hawaii! And it involves your getting to “live and work together in a small isolated Mars analogue habitat in a Mars-like environment.” Meaning no-oxygen and horrible creatures? That might be a short study. The requirements are pretty simple for a Mars mission: science degree, physical fitness, normal sense of taste and smell, etc. The study pays for round-trip travel, food and lodging, and a $5,000 bonus when it’s done. Deadline is Feb. 29!