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Posted 26 July 2012 - 18:01

Bas Lansdorp, the 35-year-old founder of Mars One, said his company is serious about a one-way mission. The company will hold a worldwide lottery next year to select 40 people for a training team. They will then set up a mock colony in the desert, possibly somewhere in the U.S., for three months. This initial team will be reduced to ten crew members.

They will then be sent to Mars, never again to return. :alien:

“We will send humans to Mars in 2023." “They will live there the rest of their lives. There will be a habitat waiting for them, and we’ll start sending four people every two years.”

The habitat will consist of several housing structures that Mars One will launch before 2023. In 2016, the company plans to launch the first supply vessel. In 2018, it plans to send a rover.

Even with the complexities of sending a human to Mars, attention has centered on the one-way trip. Those selected won’t come back to Earth, although a return mission to retrieve the explorers might not be out of the question.

“In theory, it is less complex to get people back to Earth once you have a sustainable settlement on Mars,” Lansdorp told FoxNews.com. “However, our astronauts will be offered a one-way trip. We have no idea when it will be possible to offer return tickets.”

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 18:09

Send life'rs up there first, just the really nasty ones, hide food around Mars, and release ferocious monsters at timed intervals, stream live video 24/7 back to Earth > buy popcorn and visit the bookies :D

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 18:11

Wonder how long they expect the astronauts to last ...

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 18:44

Wonder how long they expect the astronauts to last ...


Yea I have my doubts whether they would even make the journey, let alone the landing and then surviving on mars

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 18:54

It's only around 300 days to get to Mars but there are bigger risks to humans like solar storms, cosmic rays and other nasties.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 18:56

Well here's an odd question, but if they send males and females to mars, would they be encouraged to reproduce or prevented from doing it?..

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 18:57

Well here's an odd question, but if they send males and females to mars, would they be encouraged to reproduce or prevented from doing it?..


Who would stop them ?

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 19:05

Who would stop them ?


could be required to be "fixed" before they go?

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 19:07

could be required to be "fixed" before they go?


lol, I would generously pass my ticket to the nearest person and go home

They will have some serious vetting of people to send, once they are off the ground / on Mars, they are the law

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 19:17

Hve them build factories to being teraforming the planet. :)

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 19:23

Not really a suicide mission, just because you can't return home.... Bit of a misleading title.

In any case, I would love to be one of the pioneers in this. Pretty sure my family would be upset though. As long as they send people up in "pairs," I'd be OK with it. :shifty:

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 19:26

This would be interesting, and I would sign up for it in a heartbeat. Who knows, maybe they can build a self sustaining colony, and start to propagate Mars Ala. Total Recall.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 19:33

I think they'll probably send some animals first, on this suicidal mission.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 19:38

I think they'll probably send some animals first, on this suicidal mission.


Exactly, humans!
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That would be a large waste of money and resources. They may send some with them, but not just animals alone.

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 19:40

lol, I would generously pass my ticket to the nearest person and go home

They will have some serious vetting of people to send, once they are off the ground / on Mars, they are the law

You do realize you can still have sex after being fixed right? If anything, yuo can have more of it because everyone going will be fully checked for diseases and no risk for pregnancy.



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