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amyzzz
07-25-2012, 11:47 AM
I, for one, want to go.

This article is from yesterday, but I did not see any threads about it.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/07/24/is-mars-one-serious-about-suicide-mission-to-red-planet/

There’s an old joke about sending someone you hate on a one-way trip to Mars. Now, a Dutch entrepreneur has formed a company around this concept -- and it’s no joke.
Bas Lansdorp, the 35-year-old founder of Mars One (http://www.mars-one.com/)http://global.fncstatic.com/static/v/all/img/external-link.png, told FoxNews.com 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.
“We will send humans to Mars in 2023,” he told FoxNews.com. “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.
Lansdorp says his four-person company will coordinate the launches, but it will work with suppliers for the ship and rockets. For example, Mars One might use the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket (http://www.spacex.com/falcon_heavy.php)http://global.fncstatic.com/static/v/all/img/external-link.png, which is currently being developed as a launch system for larger spacecraft.
To help fund the project, Lansdorp says there could be a reality show based on the selection process and test colony. Paul Römer, the co-founder and executive producer of the show "Big Brother," is an adviser for Mars One. Other advisers include Nobel Prize winner Dr. Gerard 't Hooft and Brian Enke, an analyst at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., who studies space missions.
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.”
Norbert Kraft, a former NASA researcher who studied group psychology for long-term human missions, says the Mars One crew will have to be carefully selected by psychiatrists and prepped to deal with psychological factors like how to collaborate in stressful situations and anticipate problems.
Meanwhile, NASA has maintained that future missions will probably involve robots. That said, in late 2010, a director of NASA's Ames Research Center in California did make an off-hand comment about a DARPA project to send a spaceship with humans on a 100-year mission to Mars (http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/10/29/nasa-cover-up-hundred-year-starship/).
Buzz Aldrin, the lunar module pilot with Neil Armstrong who landed on the moon, has maintained for years that the only way for humans to reach Mars is to plan a one-way mission.
Still, the Mars One project faces some tough issues. Lansdorp says colonists would have to grow plants using a chemical process called hydroponics, which does not use soil. The spaceship design will have to be large enough to accommodate passengers and the fuel needed to reach the Red Planet, which is about 34 million miles from Earth at the closest launch point and orbital position. And, if there are any delays in developing the rockets or technology needed for the trip, Mars One would suffer.
Enke says scientists have learned more about the Martian climate and geography in recent years. He says scientists view a trip to Mars as safer and more affordable now than in the past. Missions that involve only robots will not capture the public’s attention as much as a human mission.
“Over those next ten years, NASA has planned a series of highly complex robotic missions to return a small sample of Martian regolith back to Earth. The cost of these missions will easily exceed $5 billion. When judged in terms of cost-benefit ratio or chances of mission success, these uber-expensive and risky robotic missions now have a hard time competing with simplified human missions,” says Enke.
Enke and Lansdorp both argued that a human can explore in a way a robot can’t. There’s a six-minute delay between communications from Earth to the robot, so the robots would need to be highly autonomous and pre-programmed. Yet, a human can make decisions and judgments as needed.
Enke, who prefers the term “extended stay” mission, says round-trip missions are much more complex because of the need for a contingency return trip. The mission to Mars, he says, removes 90 percent of the uncertainty. “Most of the complexity in short-stay missions involves creating fuel for the return trip, landing and launching an ascent vehicle for the return, orbital rendezvous, or returning to Earth.”
Still, Lansdorp has not quite announced how the Mars One lottery will work. The selection process will start next year, he says. Unfortunately, you can’t make any suggestions.


Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/07/24/is-mars-one-serious-about-suicide-mission-to-red-planet/#ixzz21fJSpW49

chairmenmeow47
07-25-2012, 11:50 AM
i do, but only for two weeks.

http://www.ivy.aholic.us/gallery/d/582504-2/two_weeks.jpg

amyzzz
07-25-2012, 11:51 AM
Yeah, reading about the Total Recall remake in the movie thread just now reminded me that I wanted to discuss this article. :)

Hannahrain
07-25-2012, 11:55 AM
Can I still get ebooks there? I'll go if I can still get ebooks there.

I should probably get Lasik now in preparation. Don't want any Zonian Time-Enough-at-Last mishaps.

chairmenmeow47
07-25-2012, 11:55 AM
i just thought i'd get it out of the way. i doubt i'd qualify for the mission based on health and general sassyness, but i'd consider it. i couldn't imagine being like 20 and doing that though; unless maybe you got to colonize with eric bana or something.

amyzzz
07-25-2012, 12:04 PM
I wonder how young they would want the colonists to be?

SoulDischarge
07-25-2012, 04:40 PM
i doubt i'd qualify for the mission based on health and general sassyness

Mars Needs Women Who Always Have Dinner Ready And Know Well Enough To Only Speak When They're Spoken To.

gaypalmsprings
07-25-2012, 04:44 PM
Mars Needs Women Who Always Have Dinner Ready And Know Well Enough To Only Speak When They're Spoken To.

I'd go to Uranus.

SoulDischarge
07-25-2012, 04:46 PM
Really? Why's that?

Hannahrain
07-25-2012, 04:47 PM
Probably to better understand Neptune without having to go quite as far. It's really a very practical approach.

amyzzz
07-25-2012, 04:49 PM
Uranus has rings!

SoulDischarge
07-25-2012, 04:51 PM
Yeah, and a lowrider with spinning rims. NO ONE IS IMPRESSED URANUS. Now Jupiter, that's a planet with class and humility.

Hannahrain
07-25-2012, 04:52 PM
And a serious case of planetary VD. Have you seen that spot lately?

SoulDischarge
07-25-2012, 04:53 PM
Uh. No. I haven't. Why, have you?

Hannahrain
07-25-2012, 04:55 PM
We travel in a lot of the same orbits, and a blemish like that is pretty hard to miss.

choice cat
07-25-2012, 04:57 PM
Damn

SoulDischarge
07-25-2012, 04:58 PM
Sounds like astrological 12-step didn't work out. And to think, you were almost to Gemini. I hate to do this, but I'm going to have to place a hold on your trust fund again. I can't afford any more black holes in the guest bathroom.

gaypalmsprings
07-25-2012, 05:24 PM
http://us8.memecdn.com/Water-On-MarsSaturn-And-Uranus_o_93146.jpg

phonographer
07-25-2012, 05:54 PM
I'm assuming they wouldn't be able to have kids.

getbetter
07-25-2012, 06:38 PM
And a serious case of planetary VD. Have you seen that spot lately?

I saw that spot and I was like "how quasar".

bmack86
07-25-2012, 06:58 PM
I've thought about this a lot. I think I'd be able to do it at the point I'm at right now. My folks are getting older, my brother has someone who he takes care of and who takes care of him: I'd be missed, but I think anyone in my life would be pretty proud of the fact that I was one of the original settlers of a planet. It'd be lonely as hell, but, at the same time, woah, you have the chance to do something literally no one has done before.

But I'd need to have a MASSIVE hard drive full of music as well as several back ups.

Mugwog
07-25-2012, 07:06 PM
Still, the Mars One project faces some tough issues. Lansdorp says colonists would have to grow plants using a chemical process called hydroponics, which does not use soil.

Weed in space. I love it.

suprefan
07-25-2012, 07:15 PM
I wonder how young they would want the colonists to be?

Younger than you, thats for sure.

SoulDischarge
07-26-2012, 02:57 AM
Just think supre, you could be the first to post a thread from Mars.

sonofhal
07-26-2012, 03:37 AM
Portishead - Live on Mars. You heard it here first.

RotationSlimWang
07-26-2012, 04:23 AM
I, for one, agree that Amy should shut the fuck up and go to Mars.

betao
07-26-2012, 04:24 AM
Just think supre, you could be the first to post a thread from Mars.

Mars Planet Discussion

Discuss.

chairmenmeow47
07-26-2012, 06:38 AM
he'd probably take out the mars rover so there was no picture competition.

gaypalmsprings
07-26-2012, 06:44 AM
Here's a mock-up of the spaceship to Mars, or Uranus.


http://www.geekologie.com/2010/04/26/starship-meaterprise.jpg

M Sparks
07-26-2012, 09:55 AM
Lansdorp says colonists would have to grow plants using a chemical process called hydroponics, which does not use soil.

Chemical process? You need a nutrient solution, but does that make it a chemical process? It's simply a different way of introducing minerals to the plant. You can do organic hydroponics with no chemicals.

It's as if this reporter had never heard the word before. Sorry, continue on with the funny pictures.

greghead
07-26-2012, 02:29 PM
Fuck yeah I would go, no question. I'd go today if I could.

amyzzz
07-26-2012, 02:34 PM
High 5, Greg.

I would like to be able to go with my family; otherwise, I do not know if I could go. My kids will be 23 and 21 in 2023, so perhaps they could be part of the young adults that would be there. I have thought way too much about this. I know that Jacob wants to go too.

amyzzz
07-26-2012, 03:56 PM
Bah. I asked my kids, and they don't want to go.

Mugwog
07-26-2012, 03:57 PM
Forever alone in space.

lehorne
07-26-2012, 04:48 PM
I hope they succeed. The human race could use a spice up.

theklein25
07-26-2012, 05:43 PM
Worlds War!