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Mars One seeks experiments for 2018 mission

Posted on Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 | Comment icon 21 comments

The overall goal of Mars One is to settle humans on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings
The non-profit organization is now accepting proposals for scientific payloads that it can send to mars.
With its controversial plan to send humans to live on Mars in the not-too-distant future, the Netherlands-based Mars One has been raising more than a few eyebrows of late with critics arguing that the technology and resources available simply aren't sufficient for it to make good on its promises.

Despite the impractical nature of what it is trying to accomplish however the organization is still planning to launch the first of several manned trips within the next 12 years. In the long term the aim is to send four more people to live on Mars via successive missions every two years.

In the short term though Mars One has its sights set on a rather more obtainable objective with a plan to launch a robotic lander to the Red Planet by 2018 with a cargo of seven payloads. Four will be technology demonstration payloads ( such as water extraction ), one will be selected in a competition and the remaining two will be for sale to the highest bidder.

"The brightest young minds of our planet are being invited to participate in Mars One's first Mars lander," said co-founder Bas Lansdorp. "We're not only looking for scientific proposals but also for outreach or educational ones."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by CuriousRey on 2 July, 2014, 20:17
I certainly hope it is not a hoax and I hope I get to see some sort of implementation in my lifetime.
Comment icon #13 Posted by spartan max2 on 2 July, 2014, 20:28
you'll see my attention once it actually happens. 4 years is a long way off
Comment icon #14 Posted by schizoid78 on 4 July, 2014, 21:47
"non-profit organization"???? I missed this one. How could a non-profit organization, tackle the biggest (and most costly) challenge of the century (or maybe the next) without investors??? How they will raise the money? That is a joke, right! Schizo
Comment icon #15 Posted by toast on 4 July, 2014, 21:54
Comment icon #16 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 July, 2014, 22:36
You don't seem to understand the concept of "not for profit". It doesn't mean they can't raise money. It doesn't mean that they can't be funded. It doesn't mean they can't have investors. What it does mean is exactly what it says... they can't make a profit. All funds have to be ploughed back into the project.
Comment icon #17 Posted by skookum on 6 July, 2014, 8:56
Plenty of non-profit/charities that have highly paid executives and CEO's. I wouldn't be at all surprised if some people come out of this better off than they were before the project if it is wound up.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Azznerak the Black on 11 July, 2014, 1:18
Here is an experiment for you Mars One...take me and my dog away from this human infested planet. Come one, it would border line comedy, not to mention viable to the evolution to mankind...maybe.
Comment icon #19 Posted by danielost on 11 July, 2014, 4:54
Earth years or martian years.
Comment icon #20 Posted by danielost on 11 July, 2014, 4:58
Not really true. Non-profits need to make a small profit to stay in business or at least that is what my bookkeeping teacher said.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Occams Razor on 15 July, 2014, 0:26
These sort of outfits are all about providing a nice executive income and expense accounts for the people running them for as long as they can get away with... not their actual stated goal. Their core business is pulling in "investment" money, not working on a manned Mars mission. They think this will provide them a comfortable income for years and years. It's called an 'other people's money scam.' They will live well until the "investment" money dries up... and then move on to the next hair-brained scheme, just like Bas Lansdorp did with his last projec... [More]

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