Mars One: Mankind’s next great leap

The goal is to create a permanent human settlement on Mars. The Mars One mission has caused waves in global community, especially after it announced the final 100 people among who might be the first people to land on the red planet. Many did not know of this ambitious mission until the announcement of the final 100 but now that it has caught the globes attention and has captured most of our curiosity the debate is really heating up, and that is not just the excitement of sci-fi fans.

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What is Mars One?

Mars One is a not for profit project that aims to push space exploration forward in ways previously unimagined. And with the first astronauts to land in around 2026, this ambitious adventure is one that inspires awe and apprehension. The trip to Mars is a one way journey which means that those who are going are prepared to leave family and friends behind possibly forever in order to be a part of human history. Although many might question why we haven’t gone back to the Moon instead, to further our space exploration, the Mars One team is looking to leap forward in space exploration as they plan to create a habitat for humans on the red planet.

This programme is being run by a Dutch group who have team members boasting a large amount of experience working within the field of space exploration but this project is in no way connected to NASA. In fact NASA has very little faith in Mars One with some scientists saying that humans are a hundred years away from living on another planet. But this has not deterred the enthusiastic Mars One team, they continue to plan and they continue to interview individuals who will be the first humans to live on the Martian planet, should the programme be successful.

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About humanities journey into the beyond

Travelling to Mars will be an endurance test on the mind and on the body such like those taking a seat on the craft to Mars have never experienced before. Prior to leaving Earth they will be required to have 8 years of training and they will have to spend many months in isolation each year before they leave. The isolation will prepare them for the month’s long trip as well as for life on Mars. Astronauts will not be able to send messages home to Earth, at least not when they first arrive.

The flight to Mars will not be easy especially because the 7 to 8 month long travelling will be done in close quarters with fellow astronauts. During the journey there will be lots of noise from the machinery, astronauts will have to live on canned food and there will be no showering. The flight itself holds some very serious dangers. Should a solar storm hit the team, they will be forced to take cover in a small space in which they might be forced to remain in for many days, if they survive the impact.

Life on Mars (Humans! Oh, shit. There goes the planet. -Ed.)

Teams of 4 will be sent to establish a safe place for humans to live; the hope is that eventually a small community of settlers will successfully live there. The aim is for those who arrive on Mars to live normal lives in a spacious area. Everything will naturally be grown indoors and those living on Mars will have to grow their own food use the seeds that they will take with them. Under the expansion part of the programme the living space is going to be continuously built by each new team that arrives on Mars.

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Is it all a hoax?

The mission is an elaborate one and so it’s natural that the word hoax will not just be whispered but shouted. The idea of going to Mars is unbelievable enough but they idea of humans living on Mars is more than unbelievable for most. The rumours of the Mars One project being a hoax were fueled by the applicants themselves when questions were raised about the way in which astronauts were being chosen. The interviews for the final 100 seemed to be too lax, with the safety of the astronauts not being given the serious thought it deserves and a number of other aspects of the mission being called into question.

Whether the journey into the wide black yonder will take place remains to be seen but there is no doubt that this programme has opened the door to space travel beyond the moon.

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