Humans Will Live On Mars In 2023

Guess how they’ll get there? Via a reality television event that will fund the whole project. Seriously, that’s what the promoters are claiming and the story has spread far and wide. From the official Mars One site:

Mars One’s mission objective

Mars One plans to establish the first human settlement on Mars by April 2023. The first crew of four astronauts emigrate to their new planet from Earth, a journey that takes seven months. A new team will join the settlement every two years. By 2033 there will be over twenty people living, working and flourishing on Mars, their new home.

The vision of Mars One

A manned mission to Mars is one of the most exciting, inspiring and ambitious adventures that mankind can take on. We see this as a journey that belongs to us all, and it is for this reason that we will make every step one that we take together. This will also be our way to finance the mission: the mission to Mars will be the biggest media event ever!

The entire world will be able to watch and help with decisions as the teams of settlers are selected, follow their extensive training and preparation for the mission and of course observe their settling on Mars once arrived. The emigrated astronauts will share their experiences with us as they build their new home, conduct experiments and explore Mars. The mission itself will provide us with invaluable scientific and social knowledge that will be accessible to everyone, not just an elite select few. Join us in this adventure. Put it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or whatever platforms are available to you, and spread the word!

A realistic plan

The Mars One team has worked on this plan since early 2011. That first year saw us research the feasibility of the idea extensively and exhaustively, scrutinizing every detail with countless specialists and expert organizations. In this analysis we not only included the technical elements, but also comprehensively discussed the financial, psychological and ethical aspects.

We have met with several established, international aerospace companies who can design and deliver the essential hardware components for the Mars mission. These have written letters of interest that support our plan.

We have an impressive list of people who support the mission to Mars, our ambassadors. One of them is professor dr. Gerard ‘t Hooft, Physics Nobel Prize winner of 1999.

We were this thorough in our preparations for a reason. A project as ambitious as sending a manned mission to Mars can only be presented credibly when it can stand on its own two feet. We have a feasible plan and a way to finance it. We are ready to go, will you join us?

Well what do you think — Stupid stunt to promote a TV show, or might they really manage it?


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24 Comments on "Humans Will Live On Mars In 2023"

  1. emperorreagan | Jun 5, 2012 at 11:24 am |

    It’s an interesting idea.

    I don’t think it’s any more weird than the cycle of state sanctioned gambling and lotteries that have been used to fund everything from the revolutionary war in the US to infrastructure projects.

    People seem to have no problem pissing their money away on stupid shit, but get up in arms over taxes.  A reality show, with all the advertising, tie-in merchandise, tie-in contests, etc. seems like it would be a good way to part a fool and their money to pursue some better end.

  2. Currently, there’s no way to profit from Martian resources except if those ‘blueberries’ could be sold as gems back on Earth.
    What happens to the landing party when the show inevitably gets cancelled?

    • Anarchy Pony | Jun 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm |

      Well first they have to build a space elevator, which they will do by landing advanced self replicating construction robots on an Amor asteroid. They will slowly extrude cable built of carbon nanotube filaments out into space, while simultaneously attaching frame work for the actual elevators and a station out of the body of the asteroid. Then they will rotate the cable towards Mars and lower it to a tether point at the peak of Pavonis Mons on the martian equator. Then in 2061 amid the turmoil of what can only be described as the third world war on Earth,

    • J Cruver | Aug 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm |

      If the “reality show” gets canceled than NASA will fund it. You really think if they pull this off NASA doesn’t want in?? Come on think about it.   

  3. “Humans Will Live On Mars In 2023” No they won’t. 2123 maybe, if we stop defunding science and education long enough to actually, ya know, progress.

    • J Cruver | Aug 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm |

      Anything is possible these days,just look at the progression of our technology in the past ten years,its unreal if you really think about it. The fact that we are capable of putting humans on mars doest surprise me at all. The fact that you are so quick to dismiss this tells me you are a bit naive,and maybe you think you are more intelligent  than you actually are? I would love to see you sit down with some of these great minds developing this mission,now that would be a laugh!   

  4. East Coast Doug | Jun 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm |

    They should send the author to Mars!   What a waste of time / money / energy.

    • J Cruver | Aug 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm |

      This could end up saving man kind one day and further our understanding of this universe, or can you not wrap your little brain around that??

  5. Anarchy Pony | Jun 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

    It’ll be like survivor, except there is no air and it’s constantly below freezing, the atmosphere is so thin that exposed skin instantly and severely blood bruises, then freezes because of the cold. Plus it doesn’t sound like they will have air miners, or construction equipment shipped up before hand. And I hope they enjoy being stranded after the total collapse of the Terran industrial economy.

  6. The only thing to get is money | Jun 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm |

    NOPE. All I got to say is: the myth of progress look it up.

  7. Harbard the Ancient | Jun 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm |

    i think it’s a great idea – hopefully it will actually happen

  8. The astronauts will practice by living in trailer parks in Nevada.

  9. They’re gonna live… in those things?

    Not exactly a biodome is it. Sure maybe for the first couple of weeks everyone’d be like “Omfg I’m on mars!” and then after that… nothing but a tin can and red dust. Not like you could make a daring escape out of the big brother house either when shit got too much…. 

    Mars… nice place to visit.

  10. Anonymous | Jun 6, 2012 at 11:33 am |

    Sounds like a reality show in the making.

  11. lets fly there in a few years so we can build domes for next 20 years so people can live in

  12. Shaddy69 | Sep 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm |

    no1 lives in Alaska maybe that should be our new planet it saves us billions of dollars 

  13. jessey pitt | Dec 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm |

    i like the idea but how will we be able to breath or drink what will we live in and how will we go out side how will we work

  14. Is it real I’m so scared:-) somehow

  15. Anonymous | May 17, 2013 at 4:20 pm |

    Hell,I don’t know but I really want to be atleast at a sufficent part of evolution to go visit mars.Just a thought.

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