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Post 1 written Jun 6, 2012 at 17:11
Modified:  Jun 6, 2012 at 17:15
Thought I'd post this here since it's at least space related

Apparently there's a project called "Mars One" which plans to launch the first human colonization crew bound for Mars in September of 2022, if all goes according to plan.

These will arrive at a bunch of pre-launched living habitat modules, food compartments, rovers and so on and gradually start colonizing our red space neighbor bit by bit. The plan is that they should be able to manufacture bricks and plastic on site, and also apparently to create water and air from Mars itself, and then to set up gardens and grow plants and so on. The first launch will send a crew of 4 astronauts, and then two years later 4 more, repeatedly until we have at least 40 people on the planet.

The only catch? It's a one-way trip, with no planned possibility of a return flight - possibly for the rest of their lives, although one would imagine that with the development of current space flight technology, eventually it might be possible to send them some modules for a ship to possible take some of them back to Earth again. There's no guarantees for this however, and at least the first few groups will be leaving knowing well that they may never see their friends, families or the place - or even the planet - where they were born ever again.

Interesting is also that this will be made a huge TV spectacle of, where everything will be filmed and monitorable live, and where even anybody can really apply to become one of the first colonists of Mars. This means with a little bit of luck, YOU could be one of those lucky 40!

I at least thought this sounded pretty interesting even though I'd hardly be the type of person to volunteer for it, I'd love to visit Mars but I love Earth too much to move there permanently

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Post 2 written Jun 8, 2012 at 19:02
That is very interesting.

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Post 3 written Jun 14, 2012 at 00:11
With the cutbacks to many space programs and the world economics recently, is a plan like that even viable?

Who would volunteer unless they had the technology for back and forth travel at least in the works and progressing? We are still stuck at rocket propellants and the space shuttle stage and unless they've been hiding something big, even coming up with that kind of tech in 10 or 20 years seems a big jump to me. It would almost certainly be a one-way mission for most of their lives.

Not sure what kind of person would volunteer for that, in addition to the fact that at least for the first few waves, you'd be alone with a very small number of people for a very long time...

Doesn't sound all that appealing to me lol.

But it is technically interesting if they can pull it off!

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Post 4 written Jul 19, 2014 at 05:49
WOW, sounds like an awesome project. But I'm skeptical they can pull if off.
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Post 5 written Jul 23, 2014 at 23:11
Right. In nine years? Doesn't sound very likely. Unless another serious cold war starts.
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Post 6 written Feb 19, 2015 at 01:56
I certainly have my doubts as well whether this will actually happen, but, it seems so far they are still on schedule anyway and are expected to start sending unmanned payloads any year now to form the first modules of the habitat

Certainly an interesting project to follow regardless of what will come of it.
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