A One-Way Trip to Mars
We’re reaching an era where unimaginable innovations are beginning to take shape. Teleportation machines and flying cars may not be out of the question now that there is a projecting sending a group of people to live on Mars. The project was created by Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch engineer and …
We’re reaching an era where unimaginable innovations are beginning to take shape. Teleportation machines and flying cars may not be out of the question now that there is a projecting sending a group of people to live on Mars. The project was created by Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch engineer and entrepreneur. Through the not for profit foundation ‘Mars One‘, Lansdorp plans to establish a permanent base on Mars in a mission he hopes will take off in 2022. $6.49 billion will be needed to fund the extent of the project.
So far, there have only been unmanned missions to Mars undertaken by NASA. For this developing project, more than 200,000 people from 140 countries have applied to go to Mars and never return. Currently 100 candidates have been selected for intensive training. Of those 100, 24 will be selected to board the first flight to Mars. The flight itself is a high-risk journey that will take seven months to complete.
If they survive the trip, the candidates will have to deal with temperatures of minus 55 degrees C in a desert-like atmosphere that consists mainly of carbon dioxide. They will also have to consent to being observed back on Earth full-time as stars of a reality TV show that would help cover expenses.
Some space agencies have expressed skepticism about the viability of Mr Lansdorp’s plan, saying the technology to establish a human colony on Mars does not exist. In addition, the conditions on Mars are barely livable. Like Earth, Mars has four seasons, but its temperature can drop as low as minus 90 degrees Celsius and its dust storms are extreme. The funding for the project may dry up as well, causing disastrous results for the volunteers. There are also rumors of the project being dangerously flawed and even a hoax.
Mars One Timeline:
2011: Mars One is founded
2013: Crew recruitment process begins
2015: Training selected crew members begins
2020: Demonstration Mission to launch to provide proof of concept
2022: Rover launched to find the best settlement location. Once located it will prepare for the arrival of cargo missions. A communication satellite will also be launched.
2024: Cargo mission will be launched with living united, life support systems and supply units.
2025: Rover will set up the outpost to the cargo units to prepare for human arrival
2026: The first crew departs from planet earth. It will take 210 days for them to arrive.
2027: The first crew of humans lands on Mars
2028: The second crew departs from planet earth – they take 240 days to arrive.
Here is a video advertising the Mars One foundation’s project:
Timeline, video, and images courtesy of Mars One