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August 15th, 2013
06:13 PM ET

Reality show on Mars: Thousands compete for ticket to red planet

It's the true story of four strangers, picked to live in a pod and be sent on a one way mission to Mars to find out what happens when people stop being polite, and start getting real.

Thousands of people have sent in audition tapes to a Dutch non-profit that hopes to send four people to a human colony on Mars.

The project will be funded, in part, by a reality show that could make "Revenge of the Nerds" look like "Entourage."

CNN's Erin McPike reports.

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