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Mission To Mars

An ambitious project is currently underway that hopes to place a permanent colony on the Mars landscape by the year 2023. It’s called Mars One, and its purpose is to “establish the foundation of a permanent settlement from which we will prosper, learn, and grow.”

The concept was first imagined in 2011 by Dutch entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorf. His dream of building a habitat on Mars is centered around the idea of the project becoming a reality show on the red planet, which would help fund the mission in its entirety through advertising revenue and sponsorship investments. In a promo video that debuted earlier this year, various scientists explain how the process would work.

In 2013, the astronaut selection process will begin, and Mars One will accept applicants from around the globe to join this ambitious undertaking. They will choose 40 team members from the applications received, though not all 40 will be part of the final team sent to Mars. The astronauts will go through a rigorous training procedure, with simulated living conditions and exercises performed as if they were on Mars.

Next, the design and construction of a Mars communication satellite, as well as preparing supply missions to Mars, will all occur in 2014, with the first of these missions scheduled for 2016. The company will send 2500 kilos of parts, solar panels, and other various supplies to the planned landing site. In 2018, the company will put a Mars rover on the red planet, to scout possible locations for the permanent outpost. It will also transmit a 24/7 video broadcast back to Earth.

In 2021, the company hopes that all the settlement parts and components will be transported to Mars. These include six habitat units, a second rover with an additional video broadcast, and other various components. From 2021 to 2023, the remainder of the necessary tools and resources, along with the human crew, will journey to Mars for the completion of the settlement construction, and the 24/7 live-broadcasting of the show will begin. In 2025, a second crew will join the first, and together they will grow the colony, perform scientific research, and explore the planet.

Many obstacles stand in the way of this project’s completion, such as time, money, and willing participants, but the company’s founders don’t believe that any of these barriers will prove to be insurmountable obstacles. Bas Landorf explains that all the critical milestones for his plan to work have already been achieved, such as communicating with all the necessary parts manufacturers, and contracting television stations to broadcast the show.

“This endeavor is an incredible challenge, overwhelming at times and a bit scary. But we press on. I believe the human exploration and habitation of Mars is imperative, and the next giant leap for humankind.”

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