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Old 17-04-2013, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Applicants wanted for a one-way ticket to Mars

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22146456



Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet.

Uncharted waters, mountains or far away lands have always drawn explorers. History books show that desire for adventure, even in the face of extreme danger, did not deter the likes of Columbus or Magellan.

So it is perhaps not surprising that Mars One has already received thousands of prospective applicants. But there is no return - unlike the mission which hopes to fly to Mars and back in 2018.

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A hostile planet


Scientists believe that Earth and Mars once had similar atmospheres, but they developed very differently
Mars' atmosphere is very thin, extremely cold and what water remains is frozen or hidden underground
There's evidence that Mars was once covered in oceans of water at a time when it had an abundant atmosphere
This very thin atmosphere can't stop heat from the Sun escaping into space
What makes Mars so hostile to life?
Watch how Mars and Earth ended up with such different atmospheres
Future explorers take note. Applicants must be resilient, adaptable, resourceful and must work well within a team. The whole project will be televised, from the reality TV style selection process, to landing and beyond.

On a visit to the BBC's London office, Mars One's co-founder Bas Lansdorp explains why this would be a one-way flight.

During the seven-to-eight month journey, astronauts will lose bone and muscle mass. After spending time on Mars' much weaker gravitational field, it would be almost impossible to readjust back to Earth's much stronger gravity, says Landsorp.



Successful applicants will be trained physically and psychologically. The team will use existing technology for all aspects of the project. Energy will be generated from solar panels, water will be recycled and extracted from soil and the astronauts will grow their own food - they will also have an emergency ration and regular top-ups as new explorers join every two years.

Solar wind
But is it realistic to believe that individuals could live and prosper on the Red Planet?

Mars is in the firing line of the Sun's high energy particles, called solar wind. The atmosphere of Mars is very thin as the solar wind is thought to have stripped much of it away.

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Exploring our world, and now beyond is what humans do, its in our genome”

Bas Lansdorp
Co-Founder, Mars One
On Earth, we are protected from the solar wind by a strong magnetic field. Without this, it would be much more difficult to survive. Although Mars once had similar protection about four billion years ago, today there is no such shield protecting it.

The Martian surface is therefore extremely hostile to life, says Dr Veronica Bray, from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, who is sceptical about the project.

There's no liquid water, the atmospheric pressure is "practically a vacuum", radiation levels are higher and temperatures vary wildly, she says.

"Radiation exposure is a concern, especially during the trip. This can lead to increased cancer risk, a lowered immune system and possibly infertility."

To minimise radiation, the project team will cover the domes with several metres of soil, which the colonists will have to dig up.
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Old 17-04-2013, 04:09 PM   #2
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Old 17-04-2013, 04:12 PM   #3
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Can we nominate people? I think Blair should go and take Cherie for company!
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Old 18-04-2013, 04:07 AM   #4
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Whats wrong with the moon?
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To minimise radiation, the project team will cover the domes with several metres of soil, which the colonists will have to dig up.
Oh that'll be easy with a shovel and suit on.
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Old 18-04-2013, 04:12 AM   #5
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Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet.

Uncharted waters, mountains or far away lands have always drawn explorers. History books show that desire for adventure, even in the face of extreme danger, did not deter the likes of Columbus or Magellan.

So it is perhaps not surprising that Mars One has already received thousands of prospective applicants. But there is no return - unlike the mission which hopes to fly to Mars and back in 2018.

Continue reading the main story
A hostile planet


Scientists believe that Earth and Mars once had similar atmospheres, but they developed very differently
Mars' atmosphere is very thin, extremely cold and what water remains is frozen or hidden underground
There's evidence that Mars was once covered in oceans of water at a time when it had an abundant atmosphere
This very thin atmosphere can't stop heat from the Sun escaping into space
What makes Mars so hostile to life?
Watch how Mars and Earth ended up with such different atmospheres
Future explorers take note. Applicants must be resilient, adaptable, resourceful and must work well within a team. The whole project will be televised, from the reality TV style selection process, to landing and beyond.

On a visit to the BBC's London office, Mars One's co-founder Bas Lansdorp explains why this would be a one-way flight.

During the seven-to-eight month journey, astronauts will lose bone and muscle mass. After spending time on Mars' much weaker gravitational field, it would be almost impossible to readjust back to Earth's much stronger gravity, says Landsorp.



Successful applicants will be trained physically and psychologically. The team will use existing technology for all aspects of the project. Energy will be generated from solar panels, water will be recycled and extracted from soil and the astronauts will grow their own food - they will also have an emergency ration and regular top-ups as new explorers join every two years.

Solar wind
But is it realistic to believe that individuals could live and prosper on the Red Planet?

Mars is in the firing line of the Sun's high energy particles, called solar wind. The atmosphere of Mars is very thin as the solar wind is thought to have stripped much of it away.

Continue reading the main story

Start Quote

Exploring our world, and now beyond is what humans do, its in our genome”

Bas Lansdorp
Co-Founder, Mars One
On Earth, we are protected from the solar wind by a strong magnetic field. Without this, it would be much more difficult to survive. Although Mars once had similar protection about four billion years ago, today there is no such shield protecting it.

The Martian surface is therefore extremely hostile to life, says Dr Veronica Bray, from the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, who is sceptical about the project.

There's no liquid water, the atmospheric pressure is "practically a vacuum", radiation levels are higher and temperatures vary wildly, she says.

"Radiation exposure is a concern, especially during the trip. This can lead to increased cancer risk, a lowered immune system and possibly infertility."

To minimise radiation, the project team will cover the domes with several metres of soil, which the colonists will have to dig up.
But they alredy have settlers there, and can or could go by jumproom.
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Old 18-04-2013, 06:46 AM   #6
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do the people who are going get to take weapons incase there are current inhabitats who are unfamiliar with english law?
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do the people who are going get to take weapons incase there are current inhabitats who are unfamiliar with english law?
LOL...that made me *HOCK* with laughter
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This is distraction fantasy masquerading as news.


It's crazy to think that there are actually people who would volunteer for this.

It would soon become a kind of hell.
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Can we nominate people? I think Blair should go and take Cherie for company!
Hehehehehe


"A one way trip"
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Old 20-04-2013, 11:32 AM   #10
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Send the benefit scroungers first
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do the people who are going get to take weapons incase there are current inhabitats who are unfamiliar with english law?
Considering it is a Dutch company, the candidate is most likely to be continental European, not English.
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I agree, all those politicians who have their noses in the trough.

although I suspect that's not what you meant
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Interesting choice of tattoo there enlighten me.
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I am on planet mars already
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Sign me up...... Get away from my hassles, get away from the elite. Spend the rest of my days growing space potatoes.....
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Where can i apply....sounds cool
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Yes, but only if there is enough oxygen in the spacecraft to get halfway there.
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Yes, but only if there is enough oxygen in the spacecraft to get halfway there.
As if getting there was the goal:

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Old 23-04-2013, 04:13 PM   #20
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Total fake story....we have never been to Mars...all propaganda...

In fact, what will probably happen here, is they will create a reality show about this, with actors, pretending to go to Mars....and the fucked up braindead masses will believe it....

You heard it here first......
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