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Mars One mission to launch lander in 4 years


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#1    seeder

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:35 AM

Company planning mission to Mars with 200,000 willing volunteers unveils plan for satellite and lander it intends to launch in just four years

* Candidates include a Swedish prison guard and a stand-up comedian
* Hopefuls said they would pack items such as a ukulele and a fluffy mongoose
* 200,000 people around the world have signed up for one-way mission
* Between 24 and 40 candidates will be chosen for the Mars One programme

Mars One announced Tuesday that it has hired Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Surrey Satellite Technology to design a satellite and lander that it intends to launch in just four years.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:37 AM

Polluting foreign planets with idiots is not in compliance with Darwin`s laws, so the evolutionary power will avoid it.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:35 PM

I can think of a few people in public office I would like to "volunteer" for the journey......


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 03:09 PM

Is this still rolling on? Only Kamikaze pilots need apply.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 06:42 PM

Wow, so glad to see that you all are thinking the same thing.  I just keep thinking you'd have to be out of your mind.  why would anyone do this? LOL


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 09:39 PM

It just feels like too much, too soon.

Imagine the waiver the successful candidates would need to sign!

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:01 PM

I'm sure that when the Polynesians decided to set sail on their one way voyages there were naysayers that said they were stupid. Fortunately the naysayers were ignored, the Polynesians spread throughout the Pacific and prospered.

Personally I don't think the time is right for this, we simply don't know enough to guarantee the safety of the intrepid voyagers. I'm also not convinced that "reality" TV is the correct reason to do this, but the idea is right. If mankind is to become a multi-planet species (and we will need to if we wish to survive) then one day colonists from Earth will need to make the one way voyage to other planets.

This is not suicide, this is progress; the next logical evolutionary step for humanity.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:03 PM

One of the things missing from this concept that helped fuel human global expansion through the centuries is resources. New lands meant new sources of food, raw materials and wealth. The possibility of those made the risk of leaving home worthwhile. Mars doesn't seem to currently offer any of these niceties, so it stands to reason that this effort is doomed from the start. Personally I don't see the point, unless of course it's another Golgafrincham trick, ergo the "B" ark ... hehe, then I'd be in favor :) [ref: Douglas Adams]


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:01 PM

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I'm sure that when the Polynesians decided to set sail on their one way voyages there were naysayers that said they were stupid. Fortunately the naysayers were ignored, the Polynesians spread throughout the Pacific and prospered.

Personally I don't think the time is right for this, we simply don't know enough to guarantee the safety of the intrepid voyagers. I'm also not convinced that "reality" TV is the correct reason to do this, but the idea is right. If mankind is to become a multi-planet species (and we will need to if we wish to survive) then one day colonists from Earth will need to make the one way voyage to other planets.

This is not suicide, this is progress; the next logical evolutionary step for humanity.

This. ^
Even if they sadly do perish, we will have gained valuable insight inside space colonization from their attempt :/


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:11 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 11 December 2013 - 10:01 PM, said:

I'm sure that when the Polynesians decided to set sail on their one way voyages there were naysayers that said they were stupid. Fortunately the naysayers were ignored, the Polynesians spread throughout the Pacific and prospered.

Personally I don't think the time is right for this, we simply don't know enough to guarantee the safety of the intrepid voyagers. I'm also not convinced that "reality" TV is the correct reason to do this, but the idea is right. If mankind is to become a multi-planet species (and we will need to if we wish to survive) then one day colonists from Earth will need to make the one way voyage to other planets.

This is not suicide, this is progress; the next logical evolutionary step for humanity.

Exactly. If we want a fantastic omelete, we're going to have to be ready to break a few eggs. Like the first monkeys shot in to space, sacrifice can be necessary evil.

But who knows - the mission may go incredibly smoothly and all of the "astronauts" may live long lives on the red planet's surface...

View PostMJNYC, on 11 December 2013 - 06:42 PM, said:

Wow, so glad to see that you all are thinking the same thing.  I just keep thinking you'd have to be out of your mind.  why would anyone do this? LOL

Haven't you ever wanted to do something extraordinary? There are fewer and fewer "firsts" that one can claim in this day and age. This opportunity to forever be recorded in history as the FIRST human being to set foot on Mars is nothing short of incredible. I don't want to live the same life a thousand others have, just flickering into existence and going out just as quick. As silly as some aspects of Mars One may be, it's a little short-sighted of you to dismiss the whole program without seeing this for what it really is:

The first ever mission to put human beings on another planet.

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Locking people in a cage because they choose to exercise that right should be considered a crime against humanity


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:18 PM

View PostDark_Grey, on 11 December 2013 - 11:11 PM, said:



The first ever mission to put human beings on another planet.

Who face certain death in a media circus like the movie The Running Man... living your two or 3, or less - last years in a capsule that would drive many potty in months...

But someone has to go...

And yes from my words you can tell Im hesitant about it all...But Id rather the technology/food production/water supply etc would all be sorted first...

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 11:49 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 11 December 2013 - 10:01 PM, said:

I'm sure that when the Polynesians decided to set sail on their one way voyages there were naysayers that said they were stupid. Fortunately the naysayers were ignored, the Polynesians spread throughout the Pacific and prospered.

Personally I don't think the time is right for this, we simply don't know enough to guarantee the safety of the intrepid voyagers. I'm also not convinced that "reality" TV is the correct reason to do this, but the idea is right. If mankind is to become a multi-planet species (and we will need to if we wish to survive) then one day colonists from Earth will need to make the one way voyage to other planets.

This is not suicide, this is progress; the next logical evolutionary step for humanity.

Hold on, the Polynesians could still breath oxygen, eat food, and hunt for supplies and if anything went wrong maybe still had a chance of surviving to tell the tale.  This is hardly setting out on a boat across the ocean to find new lands. This is heading into space with no guarantee of results, no chance of return and very very possibly a crew of idiots piloting your rocket fueled coffin, not seasoned sailors/fishermen/navigators.  Sorry to disagree, man but there is a very big chance this is suicide.


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:37 AM

I will go If someone pays my way ! :nw:

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:40 AM

I hope this is true and not just science fiction . And I hope they put a base on the moon in our life time I wanna see it


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 10:13 AM

I can't see this happening.

When you think about it  Nasa and the Russian space agency have been working for decades to try to solve how that would get astronauts just to survive the journey there.  

These jokers think they with find a solution to this, build a rocket capable of the journey and carry many tonnes of equipment in about a decade.

I would imagine they will need many launches to carry that sort of volume and weight, each launch the travel time is 6 months.  So it will be at least 6 months per launch before you will know it is successful.

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