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Mars One mission receives first funding

Posted on Saturday, 1 September, 2012 | Comment icon 21 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A company planning to send humans to Mars by 2023 has received its first funding from sponsors.

Mars One is a Dutch company with plans to not only send a manned mission to Mars but to also found a colony there as part of an ongoing reality TV series. "Receipt of initial sponsorship marks the next step to humans setting foot on Mars," said founder Bas Lansdorp. "A little more than a year ago we embarked down this path, calling upon industry experts to share in our bold dream. Today, we have moved from a technical plan into the first stage of funding, giving our dream a foundation in reality."

Unsurprisingly Mars One has been met with a great deal of skepticism; it seems unlikely that even a space agency like NASA will be able to manage a manned Mars mission within the next eleven years, let alone a private company with no manned spaceflight experience.

"A Dutch company that aims to land humans on Mars in 2023 as the vanguard of a permanent Red Planet colony has received its first funding from sponsors, officials announced this week."

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Comment icon #12 Posted by DONTEATUS on 2 September, 2012, 16:00
Death wont stop anyone from going to Mars We all gotta die some time,I would venture to say many,many will die in space exploration. Look how many have died exploring out own planet ! Im all In sign me up !
Comment icon #13 Posted by Darkwind on 2 September, 2012, 16:06
I think they need to be able to return. What if things don't go well, I am not sure I could deal with watching somebody die up there if there could have been an escape plan. I know it is a risk and it could happen and has happened. I think many of the death that have happened could have been prevented with a little more thought on safety at the drawing board. I think return is do able. But If they can pull it off, then blessings of Timelords. Go for it.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Junior Chubb on 2 September, 2012, 18:10
I think being able to return will be a necessity if this project is to go ahead, I can't help feeling there will be some legal issues with sending people away without the means to bring them back, this would bring the project to a halt very quickly. Imagine parents trying to stop this happening through the courts after finding out their off-spring had signed up on a one way trip to Mars, I am sure they would win and the project halted.
Comment icon #15 Posted by highdesert50 on 2 September, 2012, 21:33
Nice that this is originating from the Netherlands as the European Space Agency has its largest test center located there. NASA has just shown a proof-of-concept that a car sized object can be safely landed as a one-way endeavor. And, let us not forget that the first manned landings on the moon were monumental "reality" events based on an expedited research and development plan. It could happen again.
Comment icon #16 Posted by TheMolePatrol on 3 September, 2012, 8:17
Um... Moon One anyone? I bet you could get some big American sponsors to fund an ongoing colony on the moon. Dunno about people LIVING there but think of it as an in-and-out like the International Space Station. And return trips would be much more practical. Make it a business? Eventually become a hotel after many capsules have landed?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Mr. Bergstrom on 4 September, 2012, 13:13
Moon One would be more practical I suppose. Whilst a Moon One would be incredible, a Mars One would be mind blowing if it actually happened. You've got to admire the audacity of Mars One. There are a few questions I've got though - How would the whole thing be broadcasted? I mean at the moment they'd be hard pushed to beam back any live feeds, but things may be different in 10 years. How would they do it though, sending back a live feed? It's fascinating to think of how they could possibly do it. Would they 'own' the area on Mars in which they colonised? Surely whoever ... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Junior Chubb on 5 September, 2012, 9:21
Why do I imagine (if this happens) the 'house-mates' turning on each other and things ending badly, not through equipment malfunction, but just people being isolated with no reason to follow the rules. Who's to stop a few of these 'house-mates' taking charge and calling the shots? Its not like they can be really punished up there...
Comment icon #19 Posted by DKO on 7 September, 2012, 4:49
But think of the ratings. Sort of like 'Lord of the Flies', but on Mars.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Junior Chubb on 7 September, 2012, 21:16
Would be intense viewing, as long as the house-mates/planet-mates/mars-mates don't pull the plug on the live feed.

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