Monday, 16 February 2015

What is the Mars One Project?



It’s the first of its kind – a mission to populate Mars with 24 people. The project’s aim is to sustain life on Mars with the view to preserving human life beyond the Earth’s resources. The project believes that populating another planet is the only way to continue the human race.

The mission includes unmanned landings where the habitats will be assembled ready for human life. The habitats are designed for expansion, ready for the new human crews who will arrive every two years. These missions are a one way ticket, with no possibility of ever coming back to Earth.

More than 200,000 people applied for the mission. Through a gruelling online interview process with the chief medical officer, this was whittled down to 660, and now down to just 100 people – 50 men and 50 women. What does this one way ticket mean for the people going? They will have to say goodbye to friends and family forever, with the only hope of communication being a one-way video that suffers a seven minute delay. They will never be able to have a live conversation with family again. The planet is cold, hostile and lonely. For most this will sound like a nightmare, but for the intrepid candidates it’s a life-long dream. The candidates will have to go through eight years of training, including learning how to repair bone fractures.

The flight is seven to eight months long, in a tiny space with no luxuries – they will even have to wash with wet wipes, not water. Once on Mars, they will live a relatively normal life – with emphasis on growing their own food. The missions prior to human life will have set up connecting passageway so that for the most part they can walk around in normal clothes. The initial cost of putting four people on Mars is £6 billion, thereafter £4 billion. This is a substantial cost, one that will be supported by a reality TV show.

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