Wanted: People willing to live on Mars ... and die there

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A private space project wants you on a trip to Mars, have the opportunity to conquer the red planet, be the pioneer in space journey, and live there as long as you want.


A YouTube screen shot of the Mars One mission.  It aims to send a community to Mars and live there as pioneers.
A YouTube screen shot of the Mars One mission.  It aims to send a community to Mars and live there as pioneers.


The man behind the project dubbed Mars One is looking for people to travel to Mars, but he's not offering a return ticket, says a report from CBC Radio.

"The technology to get humans to Mars and keep them alive there exists," Bas Lansdorp told Day 6 host Brent Bambury in an interview that aired this week on CBC Radio.

"The technology to bring humans from Mars back to Earth simply does not exist yet."

Lansdop said he's looking for people who are utterly dependable, good in groups and "at their best when things are at their worst."

The never-to-return explorers will require eight years of training, and the search starts this year.

The flight is scheduled to leave in Sept. 2022.

In an online article of The Sunday Herald, it said the journey is expected to take seven to eight months and once there, the astronauts will live in interconnected pods and only be able to venture out with the help of a special suit to protect them from extreme temperatures, the non-breathable atmosphere and harmful radiation.

They will also need to be prepared for global fame back on Earth as the mission will be funded by making it a "Big Brother" style event, with the preparations and landing on Mars broadcast around the world.

Speaking ahead of the festival, Lansdorp revealed more than 8000 people had applied for the chance of becoming the first astronauts to land on the red planet, including around 30 from Scotland.


An artist's design of the space pods to be used as living quarters of the first humans to live on Mars.
An artist's design of the space pods to be used as living quarters of the first humans to live on Mars.


He said: "In 2012 we received about 1000 emails from people interested to go and in 2013 we received more than 7000 emails from more than 100 countries.

"The selection process will start in the first half of 2013. In 2015, it will finish and we will have selected about six groups of four people by then."

Lansdorp said the inspiration for the mission came after watching Nasa land the first exploration robot on Mars in 1997. Last week it emerged that another step had been taken towards showing that Mars could have once supported life after the current robot on the planet – the Curiosity rover – found evidence of an environment where water existed that would probably have been good enough to drink.

Lansdorp refuted any suggestions that his mission was a "pipe dream" that will never come to fruition or even that it is a hoax.

"We have had a team working on this for more than two years, ambassadors that are astronauts and Nobel Prize winners, advisers from Nasa and the UN, investors and sponsors from all over the world," he said. "We have confidence in our ability to solve the problems that get in our way."







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