One Way Trip To Mars In 2023

Mars One will establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. A habitable settlement will be waiting for the settlers when they land. The settlement will support them while they live and work on Mars the rest of their lives. Every two years after 2023 an additional crew will arrive, such that there is a real living, growing community on Mars. Mars One has created a technical plan for this mission that is as simple as possible. For every component of the mission we have identified at least one potential supplier. Mars One invites you to join us in this next giant leap for mankind!

Sounds like a science-fiction fantasy, but the company Mars One says it’s for real—and that it will really establish a settlement on the planet Mars by 2023. The privately financed Dutch company has a plan. All it needs is a lot of cash, equipment and four Mars-bound astronauts who are willing to take a one-way trip to the red planet. The idea is to first send rovers, which will stake out a good site for a settlement and then build out living units. In 2022, the crew will take a “transit habitat” for the seven-month trip to Mars and settle in to their new home. The intention is that the crew will live on the planet for the rest of their lives. Every two years after that, another group will join the settlement to populate the colony.

Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp has a very modern approach to funding the project: media exposure. “We will finance this mission by creating the biggest media event ever around it.” He said in a company video, adding, “Everybody in the world can see everything that will happen in the preparations and on Mars.” Lansdorp explained that sending a new crew every two years, Mars will have a real, growing settlement of humans — who would not like to follow that major event in human history?

The other-worldly idea has certainly intrigued the Web. The Mars One video has received over 232,000 views on YouTube since it launched less than a week ago. Beyond entertainment, some scientists certainly seem intrigued by the possibility of interplanetary travel. Theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner Gerard ‘t Hooft, a “mission ambassador” for Mars One, endorses the plan. He says, “This project seems to be the only way to fulfill humanity’s dream to explore outer space. It’s going to be an exciting experiment.”

Next year, according to its website, the company will begin an astronaut selection process. Those who have the right stuff will then undergo a decade of preparation. And, we assume, the Mars travelers will be ready for their out-of-this-world close-up.

 As Seen On: Mars One and Yahoo News

Originally Written by Claudine Zap | The Upshot

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9 responses

  1. What a strange concept… I don’t think its realistic but that’s just me :) I’m big supporter of space exploration but living on another planet is a bit of a stretch… a lot of struggle when we move from one country to other, I can’t see someone immigrating to another planet :)

    June 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    • we screwed up the blue marble, now lets go screw up the red one!

      June 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

      • Optimistic Laura :D Or maybe we already screwed up the red one and we coming back :)

        June 6, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    • I dont doubt there are people who would die to go on this 1 way journey but as You said I dont think its gonna be soon, especially not in next 10 years. We’ll see whats the story in 2023 Till then – big support from Utopia Highlights!

      June 6, 2012 at 5:11 pm

  2. galaxybureau

    Reblogged this on galaxybureau.

    June 7, 2012 at 11:48 am

  3. mars_conservative

    Before the go, they should hammer out a few ground rules: Rule #1: NO RELIGION ALLOWED!, Rule #2: NO WELFARE!, Rule #3: NO WHINING.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    • and no smoking or open flames :D

      June 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

  4. Fascinating. I plan to use the Mars One website as part of a unit on astronomy this next year for my high school students. Thanks for the post, Ivan.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

  5. i will start saving now…so cool…imagine in another decade :-)

    July 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

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