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Mars One to reveal applicant shortlist

February 14, 2015 | Comment icon 28 comments



Can Mars One really build a Mars colony within 9 years ? Image Credit: Mars One / Bryan Vertseeg
The final 100 applicants shortlisted to embark on a one-way trip to Mars will be announced next week.
The Netherlands-based organization, which is still moving forward with its plans to send humans to live on the Red Planet, continues to remain something of an enigma in the field of space exploration.

Despite there having never been a manned mission to Mars and with NASA still decades away from attempting such a trip, Mars One believes that it can not only send humans to Mars by 2024 but that it can also set up a fully functioning colony there where these first pioneering explorers will live out the rest of their lives.
Now the company has announced that on Monday it will be revealing its shortlist of 100 applicants who will be vying for a chance to book their seat on the first historic mission. The list has been whittled down from the original 200,000 who put their name forward for the trip.

The next step in the process will be to send a satellite to Mars in 2018, a rover in 2020 and a cargo vessel with a habitation module in 2022 for the first colonists to live in.

Critics however argue that the technology to accomplish such an endeavor simply isn't there yet and that any attempt to send humans to Mars so soon will almost certainly end in disaster.

Source: Independent | Comments (28)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #19 Posted by F3SS 8 years ago
Yea between food and housing the work will never stop. A hundred years or more is probably an understatement. I can't see there ever being a relaxing time. I forgot about medical needs. It might take millennia for life to become "like home" and that assumes everything goes smoothly all the time. After a generation or two nobody will know what "home" is like anyways and being a workhorse will be the only known way of life. Let's not forget the inevitable advent of power grabs, law making and governments that'll take the colonizers on untold twists and turns. Even if it starts off with the coupl... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Bavarian Raven 8 years ago
I say it's worth the risk. It's a set in the right direction. Colonization has never been safe, but if we had been a "safe" species wed likely be extinct already.
Comment icon #21 Posted by DONTEATUS 8 years ago
We all think its well worth the first losses in life to Go and explore Mars, ,, What are we waiting for !
Comment icon #22 Posted by Mikko-kun 8 years ago
Risks, risks... yes, but practise is the best teacher. You can learn a lot of things from a serious effort. Every mishap is an opportunity to learn for those who adopt a vigilant mind.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Athena1979 8 years ago
http://www.mars-one.com/faq this is extremely exciting! I would love to do this if I were single, too. it sounds scary, but on the Mars One webpage it goes over all the planning and preparation for this mission. they will be sending the cargo and land rover first. the land rover will be building the living units first and getting the habitats up and running long before the astronauts go on the journey. so, if the living systems are not functioning properly, they will hold the mission. there are a number of redundancies in place for oxygen, radiation, medical, research, etc. the mission to Mars... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by DONTEATUS 8 years ago
What If the Rovers build the Mars One Base and when the FOur Arrive,The Rovers wont turn over the Key code to open the Door`s ? Machines might just want to be the First Martians ! NAh ! THere all gonna die a sad death !
Comment icon #25 Posted by Leonardo 8 years ago
http://www.mars-one.com/faq this is extremely exciting! I would love to do this if I were single, too. it sounds scary, but on the Mars One webpage it goes over all the planning and preparation for this mission. they will be sending the cargo and land rover first. the land rover will be building the living units first and getting the habitats up and running long before the astronauts go on the journey. so, if the living systems are not functioning properly, they will hold the mission. there are a number of redundancies in place for oxygen, radiation, medical, research, etc. the mission to Mars... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by DONTEATUS 8 years ago
I say Go ! And Start Getting this Show on the Road ! The latest B.S. from no doubt an non-expert in the Field a "Kelly Dickerson with ,Business Insider. wrote a very depressing article about how Mars One is totally Doomed ! I say its hard, just go and start this thing, were all behind exploration ! You gotta stub a few toes to get down the road !
Comment icon #27 Posted by DONTEATUS 8 years ago
On a positive note ! "Neil deGrasse Tyson" was quoted is saying he wouldn't go or sign up to go because of many reasons. But then he ended the article with this. "But I`m not going to stop them,"Tyson said." Somebodys gotta go and do this first you know "
Comment icon #28 Posted by Occams Razor 8 years ago
They're doing their best to drum up some investment though: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqUmFS_4BR0


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