In honor of Halloween, I'm repeating here a proposal I made in the recent Slashdot thread on the idea of a one way mission to Mars.
Betcha it would work, too. Get the cost down to two or three million dollars each and you'll have to barricade the doors to keep rich, elderly techies and plutocrats from signing up too fast. I figure at most a hundred million in development costs. Less than the cost of some marketing campaigns. If costs can be brought down to two million per corpus and the charge kept at, say, three million, it shouldn't take more than ten years or so at worst to be in the black and, by the way, have developed a kickass set of launch expertise, facilities, and rights to thousands or even tens of thousands of pounds of rich biomatter, all already delivered to Mars. If necessary, it could even initially be delivered to a Martian parking orbit to wait for settlement locations to be chosen.
Just think of the variations. Pet burial. The same technique delivered to a greenhouse on the Moon. Or at a laGrange point where a space station is planned. And so on.