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So yeah.. I put the suggestion forward for a lifetime "vacation" on a distant planet to my girlfriend. She asked me: "Do they have H&Ms?" .... the case was pretty closed by then. She wasn't even too fond of being the first one to open an H&M on Mars. Said something about customer issues.

 

I still wish to go though :(

 

Again, taken from the Universe page:

 

2023: One Way Ticket to Mars!!

 

The next giant leap in human space exploration could be establishing a human settlement on Mars. Barack Obama has pledged to put humans on Mars by 2033, but a new private space consortium (Mars One) led by Du...tch entrepreneur Bas Lansdrop, promises to get four humans on the surface of Mars as early as 2023, for an estimated cost of six billion USD.

 

However probably the most startling thing about Lansdrop’s plans is that for the intrepid explorers who take part, there will be no turning back…Yes that’s right, this is a one way trip! The purpose of the mission is to establish a permanent human settlement on the red planet. The main reason for the one way trip is to slowly grow the colonies population. As every two years, the colony would welcome four new residents.

 

The entire project from the training phase to the mission itself, will be televised in what could be one of the biggest global media spectacles of all time! The Mars One group hope that the media coverage will in part pay for funding, and attract new investors, as well as inspiring the public to take a more active interest in space exploration.

 

The Mars One team claim that no new technologies will need to be developed. Apparently all the components needed already exist, and will be provided by a worldwide collection of private space firms. The mission launch vehicle will be Space X’s Falcon nine rocket, and a modified version of the Space X dragon capsule will be used as a lander. The landing site, and habitat will be built by a rover, which will be sent to Mars a few years earlier to prepare for the arrival of the first human colonists.

 

If your interested in becoming one of the “lucky four” Mars One will be taking applications later this year. Out of these applications 40 people will be selected to take part in a televised 10 year training program in which the applicants/contestants will be narrowed down to the final four through a system of public votes.

 

I know this all sounds too good to be true, like its straight out the pages of some science fiction novel… But then, its like Einstein said, “If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” So with that in mind, I’m going to remain sceptically optimistic on this one!

 

-Glenn

 

Follow this link to watch the Mars One introduction video...[video=youtube;6QoEEGySGm4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QoEEGySGm4&feature=player_embedded

 

Sources/Further Reading:

http://mars-one.com/en/

http://www.universetoday.com/95704/humans-on-mars-by-2023/

 

(image credit Mars One)

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That is true, but it would be very minimal and you would only ever be exposed to what you brought. I'm sure there would be some kind of sterilizing process you went through before flight.

 

But what about the people who came 20 years later that would carry something you havent been exposed to in decades. Seems like that would possibly cause major illness like what happened when Columbus came to America and exposed the natives to Europen illnesses.

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From The Matrix

 

Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species, and I realised that humans are not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment; but you humans do not. Instead you multiply, and multiply, until every resource is consumed. The only way for you to survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern... a virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer on this planet, you are a plague

 

:P

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It sounds like a great endeavour but imagine spending the rest of your life with the same few people in a tiny living space. And they may not even be people you get along with.

 

If this ever got off the ground I think the people will kill each other long before any technical failure does. =P

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It sounds like a great endeavour but imagine spending the rest of your life with the same few people in a tiny living space. And they may not even be people you get along with.

 

If this ever got off the ground I think the people will kill each other long before any technical failure does. =P

 

But if they do. We on earth will be able to say:

"Oh damn, those Marsians are acting up again."

Just that alone is worth it :)

 

In full honesty. Someone needs to be the first. I just hope to the sake of humanity it's not someone who idolizes people from reality shows. Like the Jersey-Shore people.

 

Then they might as well send an empty pod.

 

Waaaaait a minute! What a brilliant idea! Remove the lesser intelligent people from Earth and place them on Mars. <3

 

No but seriously. This is a good step for space exploration. Making companies like Mars1 pay for it instead of nations with already existing problems and lack of cash like discussed in another thread.

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There was something on the news about some sort of reality show getting ready to happen to facilitate making this happen by 2024, and some sort of competition to be a part of that 'team' has already happened.

 

http://www.mars-one.com/

 

I'm too old for all that nonsense now, and another 10+ years won't make things better :)  I might have considered it 40 years ago, but not seriously.  I prefer the surety of things entirely too much, and I'm 100% certain I'd never get another good slice of pizza again, and that's a deal breaker.

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I would just begin to question whether the Mars One team really have the knowledge it takes to see it happen in a safe way (safe as possibly can get that is) if I was signed up for this trip. According to the feasibility report MIT did, Mars One still have a lot of problems to find solutions to before they can give any kind of support in the scientific community. At this point it seems that said community is very unsupportive of the Mars One mission. For good reasons.

 

Explorers and pioneers through history have all had 2 things in common. They had the people with the knowledge about the place they were going to. And the right equipment to do so. If Mars One can't guarantee both of those things, it is on the course of being a failure. Their biggest problem being that current technology just doesn't seem advanced enough to be able to sustain life on such an inhospitable world as Mars.

 

Seeing as I just found my favourite place for vegetarian pizzas, I too have re-evaluated my wish to live anywhere else. Also, my political views wouldn't go along with this mission. If anything you might end up with socialist marsians if I was sent.

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