Mars One introduction film (updated version)
A human settlement on the Red Planet is only about a decade away, according to the folks at the privately funded space project Mars One.
“Mars One will take humanity to Mars in 2023, to establish the foundation of a permanent settlement from which we will prosper, learn, and grow,” they say. “Mars One has developed a precise, realistic plan based entirely upon existing technologies. It is both economically and logistically feasible, in motion through the aggregation of existing suppliers and experts in space exploration.”
Their model is fairly simple, in a way. The first crew will take a 7-month journey to Mars, and a new team will join the settlement every two years. Mars One says that there could be over twenty people living there by 2033. The first team of astronauts will be limited to four.
Of course, something like this must be privately funded – and it would cost a pretty penny. Mars One estimates that putting the first team on the planet and establishing the colony would figure to run them about $6 billion.
In order to help with funding, Mars One has an interesting idea. Basically, they want to turn the whole thing into a reality TV show.Read More...
So, if I sign up, will I get matched up with a Cabin Mate? Or do I have to find my own? Will, we be raising kids there?...