If you had the opportunity to do so, would you leave behind everything you know for a chance to live on another planet? And not just for a short period of time tantamount to a vacation. But forever.

You could make history as one of the first — and few — to live on a planet other than Earth. You could get the thrill of blasting off in a rocket ship and propel through outer space, experiencing all that astronauts get to experience and seeing God’s magnificent creation from afar.

But the catch is that you will never again see your friends and family. You’ll never again get to experience anything you currently do. You’ll never again set foot on Earth.

Mars One is a not-for-profit organization in the Netherlands that seeks to put a colony of people on Mars. The mission plans were announced back in May 2012 and the organization let it be known in 2013 that they were accepting applications from citizens around the world for a one-way trip to the red planet. That list of applicants was recently narrowed to 100 finalists.

I honestly would have no interest whatsoever in leaving behind everything I’ve ever known. And while I think it must be a majestic sight to see Earth from outer space, I belong here and I love all the people in my life too much to leave them behind for the advancement of science.