> As part of my proposal, tentativly titled "Venture Mars", I have been
> asking people
> "Would you be willing to risk dying on Mars in exchange for the
> opportunity?", or
> "Would you die for Mars?"
> I am receiving very roughly a 50% positive response.
This question is too ambiguous to be useful. I would need to know what percentage of the perceived risk had not been mitigated. If it was 50% you die 50% you live, I would decline. 10/90% would be where I start serious considerations. The key word here is "perceived risk", but thats the best we can do.