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Astrophysicist doubts feasibility of Mars One

March 18, 2015 | Comment icon 23 comments



Is Mars One biting off more than it can chew ? Image Credit: NASA/Pat Rawlings
Joseph Roche, who is himself on the shortlist to go to Mars, doubts very much that it will ever happen.
Lead by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, the ambitious project is seeking to not only send humans to Mars within the next ten years but to also set up a colony there so that these pioneering explorers can live on the Red Planet on a permanent basis.

The feasibility of the endeavor however has been mired in doubt right from the beginning on the basis that even NASA, with all its knowledge and experience in manned space exploration, wouldn't be able to attempt such a feat for several decades.

Astrophysicist Joseph Roche, one of the volunteers shortlisted to be part of the mission, has expressed his doubts over whether the project's organizers are truly aware of what is involved.
"The time might have come for Mars One to acknowledge the implausibility of this venture and turn their efforts towards supporting other exciting and more viable upcoming space missions," he said.

The organization is planning to send a satellite to Mars within just three years, a rover by 2020 and the first humans by as early as 2025, all without any real experience with space missions.

"It will take quite a bit longer and be quite a bit more expensive," said physicist Gerard ’t Hooft. "When they first asked me to be involved I told them: 'You have to put a zero after everything.'"

Source: The Guardian | Comments (23)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by toast 7 years ago
What if ? Recruit terminally ill patients whose diagnosis is fatal within 2 or 3 years, whose condition would not interfere with the 1 or 2 year time frame of the mission. Find intelligent Soldiers or Athletes that function normal but have nothing to lose. They would have the opportunity to die on a one way mission with others like them, while experiencing an un-comprehensible journey. I served in the USMC and I know firsthand, what a soldier can accomplish once he believes he is already dead. Facepalm^10.
Comment icon #15 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
initially, I commented on the article about Mars One, thinking it would be possible. I did more research and discovered that the founder (who knows nothing about space travel) is making the whole Mars zone into a reality tv show with the recruitment and preparedness training. also, the founder only has one other board member who is a former psycologist with NASA. this is a hoax. Maybe he's just trying to supplement his budget overruns.
Comment icon #16 Posted by skookum 7 years ago
If the article is true and I have no reason to believe it is not it sounds like hoax. The 200,000 applicants were closer to 2800 who completed application process. The chosen candidates have not met anyone from Mars one. Interviews and assessments that were meant to last several days done in regions changed to 10 minute Skype sessions. Also wasn't this meant to be like an Xfactor reality show for wannabe astronauts? How come the selection has been done behind closed doors? Surely the selection part would have been a key part of the show? In another interview the applicant speaks of the contrac... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
Mars One has shown no evidence that any space contractor is building anything for them or has been given a contract. This is not actually true. Mars One have a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide the lander (see this Lockheed-Martin press release) and a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to provide the orbiter (see this SSTL press release). Both contracts were signed in 2013 Apparently Lockheed-Martin were paid $250,000 and SSTL $80,000. However having a contract and actually launching these spacecraft are two different matters. It seems that work on them has stopped (s... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by skookum 7 years ago
This is not actually true. Mars One have a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide the lander (see this Lockheed-Martin press release) and a contract with Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to provide the orbiter (see this SSTL press release). Both contracts were signed in 2013 Apparently Lockheed-Martin were paid $250,000 and SSTL $80,000. However having a contract and actually launching these spacecraft are two different matters. It seems that work on them has stopped (see here). Were these the feasibility studies that announced at the beginning? I can't imagine that $250,000 or $80,00... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by schizoid78 7 years ago
This is just a publicity stunt. Or a scam. The Id3al Experience is right, most of the retained people will be quite old in 10 years. And why choosing people 10 years in advances? This doesn't make sense. While I really hate NASA or other space nations not to put a permanent base on the moon much sooner (or maybe they had good reasons not to do so) I really think that Mars is not reachable in the far future (let's say a century). Come on, we haven't go to the moon for 40 years, which is only 300 000 miles aways and takes about 3 days to go. So how can we expect to go to a 6 months trip to Mars.... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
I can't imagine that $250,000 or $80,000 is anywhere near enough to develop, test and build a lander or satellite. Nobody says it was. That doesn't change the fact that you made a statement that was totally untrue... not a good idea hen you are accusing someone else of being a fraud.
Comment icon #21 Posted by skookum 7 years ago
Nobody says it was. That doesn't change the fact that you made a statement that was totally untrue... not a good idea hen you are accusing someone else of being a fraud. I said it sounds like a hoax, others have posted saying it is. Yet I am the one accusing them of fraud? I take it you will be pulling them up on their comments or is this just a personal thing?
Comment icon #22 Posted by Bavarian Raven 7 years ago
Well even if they fail horribly we will learn what not to do next time.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 7 years ago
I said it sounds like a hoax, others have posted saying it is. Yet I am the one accusing them of fraud? I take it you will be pulling them up on their comments or is this just a personal thing? This really isn't complicated. I wasn't pulling you up on you saying it looked like a hoax. I was pulling you up on your totally false claim that there was no contract and no evidence of a contract. Can you not see the irony in claiming that others are frauds whilst making claims that are blatantly and provably untrue?


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