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Wed Dec 11, 2013, 10:22 AM

Mars Colonization: 200,000 People Apply To Live On Red Planet

Plans to colonize Mars are set to proceed after 200,000 people applied to live on the Red Planet, even though they wonít ever return to Earth if they actually go.


The Mars One foundation announced on Tuesday that their planned expedition, which will see four individuals sent to Mars, has secured its lead suppliers for a 2018 unmanned mission. Elements needed for this trip included a communications satellite and a robotic lander.


If this first mission proves to be successful then they plan to send a manned shuttle to Mars in 2025. Itís believed that The Mars One foundation hopes that 2018′s journey will demonstrate the technology that human settlement can be achieved on Mars.

This is the first privately funded exploration mission of Mars, with the funds coming from partners and sponsors.

Bans Lansdorp, Mars Oneís CEO, confirmed that over 200,000 have applied for the project since it was announced in April. The application window has now closed, but individuals selected for Round 2 will be informed by the end of this year.

Applicants are apparently fine with the knowledge that they would have to live out the rest of their lives on the Red Planet. This is because a one-way journey there severely reduces the companyís costs, plus thereís also the major factor that thereís no Kennedy Space Center launch pad on Mars at the moment.

http://www.inquisitr.com/1057932/mars-colonization-200000-people-apply-to-live-on-red-planet/
http://news.yahoo.com/one-way-mars-colony-project-draws-200-000-160956314.html

I'm tempted because it would allow me to get away from the nutbars here once and for all, but there's no guarantee that I wouldn't be stuck with a different set of nutbars on Mars...

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Blue_Tires Dec 2013 OP
Skink Dec 2013 #1
longship Dec 2013 #2
Blue_Tires Dec 2013 #3
Dash87 Dec 2013 #6
longship Dec 2013 #7
meow2u3 Dec 2013 #4
bigdarryl Dec 2013 #5

Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 10:27 AM

1. Beam me up

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 10:44 AM

2. I predict quick death, or cannibalism.

No food, little oxygen, very little water (none easily obtainable), cold as hell. Why would anybody expect to be able to have anything like a life there? When life support systems inevitably break down they'll all be dead. Not my idea of a good adventure.

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Response to longship (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 10:48 AM

3. There wouldn't be much to do the first 2-3 years other than scientific research

and procreation

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Response to longship (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 12:33 PM

6. They need a space elevator for this sort of thing.

Getting supplies to Mars would be so expensive at the moment. If you could get supplies to a space station and have a dedicated cargo convoy, life on Mars will be possible. We aren't there yet.

Another problem - the time it takes to get to Mars - 150 to 300 days. Not exactly what I would call "on call." If something goes wrong, everyone dies.

Or they might all get eaten by ground-dwelling raptors. Where's Riddick when you need him?

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Response to Dash87 (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 12:44 PM

7. Good ol' Riddick. ;-)

Space elevator will never happen. It would be a huge terrorist magnet in today's political climate. Of course, in today's political climate it would never get built even if we had the tech in hand, which we don't anyway.

But your argument is entirely valid.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 10:54 AM

4. They plan on blowing up the Earth



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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2013, 12:24 PM

5. I hope most of them are tea party idiots

 

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