The days are gone when scientists all over the world were trying to search for water on Mars. Its 2014 and people are expecting some scientific wonder, wee, here it is. MARS ONE. Worriyng about the end of the world? Dont, because human colonization on Mars has started.
Mars One, is a non-profit organisation started by a Dutch entrepreneur, Bas Lansdorp. Its plan is to start a human settlement on mars by 2025. It was in 2011, that the founding members deliberated over the idea and in 2012, they had invested and studied the design and strategies involving this mission.
It is a well planned mission spread over years between 2018 and 2025. Starting from 2018 to 2022, necessary equipments like life support system, and other supplies will be send to the red planet and its terrain will be examined to determine the best place for human settlement and finally on 2024, the first team of four members will be sent followed by another four member team in 2026. This will officially start a new human life on mars and also, this would be just a one way traffic, that is, people going to mars, apparently, will not have a chance to come back to the mother earth. The plan is to send one team every two years.
The members are not just some delegates or dignitaries of rich and powerful countries; they will be carefully selected people through an application process. After selection, the ‘astronauts’ will be carefully trained. The application process had been started way back in April 2013 and ended on 30 December 2013 but the organization is looking forward to welcome more applicants. The applicants belong to different countries including USA, Canada, India, Iran etc. About 2020,000 people spread over 107 nations have applied and amongst them only about 1000 selected.
The next several selection phases in 2014 and 2015 will include rigorous simulations, many in team settings, with focus on testing the physical and emotional capabilities of our remaining candidates,” said Dr. Norbert Kraft, the organisation’s chief medical officer.
There are a lot of technological equipments involved in this mission like Launcher, Mars Transit Vehicle, Communication Systems, Lander, Rover and Mars Suit. The estimated cost of settling the first crew on mars is 6 Billion USD
No matter how bizarre it sounds, it is really happening. Humans are moving forward to destroy another planet. The saying ‘We are living on Earth as if we have another place to go to’ has been proved wrong, for the time being. Wired magazine gave it a position in their 2012 Most Audacious Private Space Exploration Plans
And this is not it; the whole process will be available to us as a reality show on the TV, as we will be able to see the live broadcast o the mission, every hour of every day.
But some people are expressing their negative thoughts to this mission, saying it might be a hoax.
And even if it’s not true it’s quite a strange thing to do. The fact that it’s a one way journey somehow convinces us that the people selected for this programme are just being send as an experiment and we really do not know the authenticity of the programme or will it be really successful.
Happy living on Mars forever, is what I can to the applicants who have been and will be selected
For more information do visit their official website- http://www.mars-one.com