Here's a recent article in the Washington Post: 100 finalists have been chosen for a one-way trip to Mars.
Dutch nonprofit Mars One has named 100 people who will remain in the running for a one-way trip to Mars, expected to leave Earth in 2024. Out of more than 200,000 people who applied, 24 will be trained for the mission and four will take the first trip, if all goes according to plan.
Here's a human-interest piece from the Telegraph, for you who like your news more British-oriented: Mars One mission: 'My boyfriend is cool with me going to Mars on a one-way trip'.
For reference, here's the Wikipedia article on Mars One, and here's their actual website.
So. My first thought was, "This is awesome", but that was followed quickly by "This could be a hoax. And if it's not, it's not hard to imagine it ending quite horribly when the people need medical attention that is two years away."
My other thought was that having a bunch of civilian people on Mars - young, healthy, male and female people - probably will lead to having babies on Mars. I couldn't find a lot of details about the actual mission; mostly just human-interest stories about the people who may or may not get to go. So I don't know if the people are going to be sterilized before they go (although even if so, Dr. Malcolm taught me that nature will, ah, find a way!) I'm pretty sure that 24 isn't intended to be a breeding population, but that won't stop people from trying.
Thoughts from you all out there?