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Old 01-10-2013, 09:37 AM  
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So who wants to fly to Mars... one way?

So who wants to fly to Mars... one way? Mission for volunteers receives over 1,000 applications from budding astronauts before it was even announced

Dutch firm plans reality TV show to choose its team
Plans to land four astronauts on the red planet in 2023, with four more arriving every two years

By Mark Prigg

PUBLISHED: 12:53 EST, 9 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:56 EST, 10 January 2013


To boldly go where no man has gone before is quite a challenge.

But to boldly go knowing that you will never return to Earth may be asking a bit too much.

This has not deterred a Dutch-led research institute, however, which has launched a search for volunteers to take part in a one-way mission to Mars... where they would set up a human settlement.
Successful candidates will have to undergo eight years of training before blast-off in 2023.

The Mars One Institute pulled no punches yesterday: ‘They should realise that if this project is successful, they won’t be coming back.’

Former NASA researcher Norbert Kraft, Mars One’s medical director, said: ‘Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria for selection.

'Now, we are more concerned with how well each astronaut works and lives with the others – and for a lifetime of challenges ahead.’

Mars One aims to raise money to help fund the project through a long-running, global, reality TV show, which will select the first 24 candidates and follow their training.

Viewers would vote for who should be on the first team of four to leave Earth in ten years time. By 2033 the colony would reach 20 settlers.

Journey time to Mars, which is approximately 40million miles away depending on its position in orbit, would be around 200 days.

Settlers would encounter a barren, cratered landscape, an unbreathable atmosphere made up of 95 per cent carbon dioxide and temperatures ranging from 35C to minus 135C.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...lications.html
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:37 PM   #61
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I would imagine that if they are setting up a colony they would only want people who would be in their peak childbearing years. They would also want colonist that would live more than a couple decades. Imagine what kind of story the first children born on another planet would bring. I would think a moon colony would be more feasible due to proximity and economical considerations.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:17 PM   #62
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It seems like the first step would be to send some setup that automatically starts growing vegetation. You do that, then you wait a couple of crop seasons, and then send the people.
I don't know of any "genesis" type of self contained object for something like that. I was assuming more along the lines of greenhouses which would require people on site to construct all types of buildings as well. Thinking they better like MREs and vitamin supplements.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:22 PM   #63
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I would imagine that if they are setting up a colony they would only want people who would be in their peak childbearing years. They would also want colonist that would live more than a couple decades. Imagine what kind of story the first children born on another planet would bring. I would think a moon colony would be more feasible due to proximity and economical considerations.
Yes you would think they would be interested in married couples that were both scientists or at least highly educated. They would also need Dr and psychologist and so on. The list of the first people to go would be distinguished list for sure.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:26 PM   #64
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If they set up more then enough tools to help colonize it. Which would take forever and streamed me all sorts of entertainment. Sure.

But if the can set up a colony. They can set up a launch pad/air strip to get off.

The first colonists should write roanoke on a rock to **** with the newcomers.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:26 PM   #65
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I would imagine that if they are setting up a colony they would only want people who would be in their peak childbearing years. They would also want colonist that would live more than a couple decades. Imagine what kind of story the first children born on another planet would bring. I would think a moon colony would be more feasible due to proximity and economical considerations.
The moon however doesn't lend itself to terraforming like Mars does, nor does it offer the potential of discovering alien life either live or long dead
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:57 PM   #66
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So somebody watched Defying Gravity on ABC a few years ago.
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Actually I think this is a pretty brilliant idea. But I will not be going. Not leavin my family and not takin them on this trip. Maybe we'll try the road trip to wallyworld instead.

Prelaunch several supply pods before the 1st group of colonists arrive, so they can get to work immediately. Kinda like some pre-fab buildings to construct with solar/wind heaters and generators, tons of tools, greenhouse supplies with soil, h2o, seeds. Might work...
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:59 PM   #68
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So somebody watched Defying Gravity on ABC a few years ago.
It was a great six episodes (in the US and five more in Canada and GBR).
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:06 PM   #69
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I'd create the ship in orbit here first, with a greenhouse that can grow food. Once it had been shown to be capible of growing enough food for 10 people on a sustainable basis, then I'd send it off toward mars. Then, when you get there, you have a greenhouse that can operate in Mars orbit, or it can be sent down to the surface. For that matter, food could be grown and sent to the surface for a year or two until the colonists on the planet are able to be self sustained.
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Me too. Also the fact their diet would probably be mostly vegetarian would limit who would want to go as well.
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The moon however doesn't lend itself to terraforming like Mars does, nor does it offer the potential of discovering alien life either live or long dead
I don't think they would have the chance to do much exploring to find those long dead Martians. They would probably never leave their habitat. Leave it to the robots.

I would think in both instances Martian soil and moon soil would be insufficient to grow crops, even at the right temperatures.
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