The mission of Mars One is to colonize the Red Planet. So far, They have gotten responses from over 100,000 people who want to make Mars their permanent residence, making the colonization of the Red Planet 100,000 steps closer to becoming a reality in the near future.
However, out of those 100,000 who have eagerly signed up, only four people will be selected to make the one-way trip.
Also, questions remain about the Mars One mission, such as whether the project will be fully funded, exactly how it will work, and how the lucky colonists who are selected will survive the dangerous journey to Mars.
Anyone can look through the applications of the proposed “astronauts” online, according to Bas Lansdorp, Mars One CEO and co-founder. The more popular applications have been viewed hundreds of thousands times and given the thumbs-up by millions.
You can also check out the videos of any of the applicants, which are a required part of the process. The videos must explain why the person feels that he/she should be chosen to make the one-way flight to Mars, roughly 225 m kilometers away.
Lansdorp believes that the first mission to Mars will cost about $6 billion. He thinks that the entire project could be funded from just the proceeds made from televising it, alone. This would include everything from selecting the four astronauts through a reality-TV-style competition to then showing how they adapt to Mars and live there in a colony together.
According to Landsdorp:
What we want to do is tell the story to the world. When humans go to Mars, when they settle on Mars and build a new Earth, a new planet. This is one of the most exciting things that ever happened, and we want to share the story with the entire world.”
An eight-year training process will be required of the astronauts. It will teach them to grow vegetables in a confined space, as well as address serious and routine medical procedures.
Also, two other requirements must be met. According to the website University Herald, Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must also pay a fee based on nationality. For Americans, the fee is $38, but for Mexicans, the fee is $15. Lansdorp said he based the price on the gross domestic product per capita.
How will the colonists on the Red Planet get supplies?
Lansdorp plans to send supplies to the colonists by launching capsules to Mars that will carry supplies and people. The capsules would then serve a dual duty and then double up as part of the habitat for them to live in.
The new Martians, he claims, will be able to filter water from the soil there, evaporate it and then condense it back into a consumable liquid:
Then, from the water we can make hydrogen and oxygen, and we will use the oxygen for a breathing atmosphere inside the habitat. This will be prepared by the rovers autonomously before the humans arrive.”
How the Mars One colonists or the Inspiration Mars Foundation (a group which has plans to send one male and one female there and back in 2018 without landing) plan to survive the journey to Mars has not been solved as of yet by either group.
Radiation and how to survive it will be a major factor to the success or failure of establishing a colony on Mars. Lansdorp hasn’t come up with a way to protect any proposed spacecraft from exposure to radiation yet, but it doesn’t seem to bother him very much:
The risks of space travel in general are already very high, so radiation is really not our biggest concern.”
Written by: Douglas Cobb