would you take a one-way trip to Mars?
Have you heard about Mars One? It’s a privately funded plan to start putting humans on Mars in 2023. From Mars One:
Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars in 2023. Human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. Mars One mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon will captivate and inspire generations; it is this public interest that will help finance his human mission to Mars.
The Mars One mission plan consists of cargo missions and unmanned preparation of a habitable settlement, followed by human landings. In the coming years, a demonstration mission, communication satellites, two rovers and several cargo missions will be sent to Mars. These missions will set up the outpost where the human crew will live and work.
The mission design takes into account the expansion of the human colony where a new crew arrive every two years.
Mars One will select and train the human crew for permanent settlement. The search for Astronauts began in April 2013. More than 78,000 registered for the selection programme within two weeks of its launch.
You can apply here. More about the program at CNN.
Would you take a one-way trip to Mars?
I’m gonna have to think about this. In 2022, when the first mission launches, I’ll be 53 years old. Which isn’t that old, actually. But it might reduce my useful lifespan on Mars, even if everything went right. On the other hand, perhaps older astronauts would be better than reckless young idiots, whose useful lifespan on Mars could be even less if they don’t think to check their suits before taking a walk out on the surface.
What do you think?
Thanks to bronxbee for the idea.
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