Skip to comments.100,000 sign up for one-way ticket to Mars
Posted on 08/11/2013 8:10:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
More than 100,000 people around the world have applied to be the first to make a one-way trip to Mars, according to organisers of a prospective mission.
The private Dutch-based Mars One project is proposing to select a group of 40 would-be civilian astronauts this year, aiming to send four of them on a no-return journey to to the red planet in 2022.
Experts have questioned both the financial and practical viability of the mission, but that hasn't stopped people signing up in droves, including 30,000 Americans, CNN reported.
The estimated cost for the initial mission is $6 billion (£3.87 billion) which Mars One hopes to raise through sponsors and selling broadcasting rights to media companies, including a reality show of the colonisation project.
It hopes to send a second group of four people to Mars a few years after the first. None of them will return to Earth. Before leaving the astronauts would train for eight years, learning medical and survival skills.
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"Get your ass to Mars."
I volunteer the Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee ...
I volunteer several honorable members of the Congressional Black Caucus (and they can take Al Sharpton with them ).
the list......of such people....is nearly endless
a list comprised of those whose names we know...wont be exactly tiny either I suspect
I wonder if there will be any traditional NOSE ART...on the spacecraft?
a portrait of Shirely ...and Hank Tipping Guam Johnson would be PERFECT
Die enroute, or there?
Even Without obamacare.
If you die en route, do they play Stardust when you’re ejected?
Sheesh. Try to go somewhere to get away from people and everybody crowds in!
Give her the flag to plant!
I have always thought that a cheap one-way trip to Mars was feasible...they should get Robert Zubrin to plan the thing.
A better option, although very expensive, could involve building a space station whose purpose was to go from Earth orbit to Mars orbit.
Liquid fuel would power the launches to build the station. Some form of Ion thrusters would be good for getting the craft from Earth to Mars. The station would need to be nuclear powered and it would be best if it had a small rotating habitat ring for artificial gravity.
A short burst of liquid fueled thrust to start the station on its way and then switch to Ion power.
On Mars water could be turned to rocket fuel (hydrogen/oxygen)to power small vehicles to orbit to link up with the station. Nuclear power would be a must on Mars.
I think I will just wait out my time right here.
Dave! Are you there Dave?
The test rats will comprise the first flight—the intended survivors will be on the second flight. In any case, the arriving second flight should see some impressive chaos and anarchy upon arrival. Thinking Donner Pass.
Projected cost: $6 B for a four-man team
Solution: sell one seat via a lottery, $1,000 per ticket, figure $500 M net of cost
Sell three other seats outright for $500 M each (possibly governments will buy these seats)
Sell naming rights for $1 B
That’s $3 billion
>>>spread the overhead. Indeed, if you launch more than two, you’ll be making money.
I think I'm gonna be glad
I think it's today, yeah
The gal that's driving me mad
Is going away
She's got a ticket to ride
She's got a ticket to ride
She's got a ticket to ride-
But she don't know where...
They’d need to put a WIDE LOAD sign on the rocket.
And people think Madoff went out of business.
Barnum was right.
NO LIBERALS ALLOWED. They’ve already F’ed up one planet already.
No big deal. The Mars-goers can ask about it when they get there...
Are the Obummers on the list?
even at a cost of $10,000 per pound to get her into low earth orbit ... it would be worth every penny
Any “telephone sanitizers” on the list? Marketing executives? Telemarketers?
One way? Expensive way to commit suicide.
I very much doubt the technology for a colony on Mars will exist in a mere 9 years.
They will however film all their training of amateur astronauts for a reality show, the real point of this I’m sure.
#12 — is that an ad for “When Bridesmaids Go Bad”?!?!
I can’t comment on the actual feasibility of a near-term colonization of Mars, but I will say.... I hope it IS a truly private, “capitalist” consortium that does it.
Making the Red planet Black....
Mars is great place to live, short breathable air, water and food. But who needs those?
With a 10 MW nuclear powerplant, everything you question is easily available.
If they need a trained operator, I’m available, but I’m a tad old for their requirements...
I’d throw my hat in the ring without hesitation otherwise.
Also has chicks with 3 boobs, or so I’ve heard.
Colonization will result in drastically reduced life expectancy, and can’t be self-sufficient, probably for generations at least, meaning, the only means of survival will be — surprise surprise — subsidies.
wadda you think the Martians left one of those behind for visiting Earthlings to use?
I like sci-fi too but when the show is over you need to come back down to planet earth.
Beardless season 1 Riker is skeptical of Don.
“I volunteer the Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee ...”
Geez, kinda heartless don’t you think? Lets suppose that one of the objectives of the Mars colonialists would be to procreate. First, would you be so cruel to impose such a task on the males in the group via Sheila Jackson? Ugh, hope they take a blind fold. Second, would you want to dumb down the future population of Mars by this act? No, lets keep Sheila right here in Congress where we can limit her damage ....
Jackson Lee is 63 years old, her procreating days are behind her. ;)
When things look real bleak character Luca Baglioni (Mars lander mission specialist, technical systems engineer suggests to fellow team member Jenny Johnson that they spend their last few days having sex, but she wasnt impressed with the idea.
“Jackson Lee is 63 years old, her procreating days are behind her. ;)”
Thank God! :)
Its no Eden.
Did you ever see “Without Warning” a tv movie that a lot of morons thought was real (it’s presented as breaking news about strange occurrings eventually revealed to involve aliens who the government pisses off into destroying the world). The whole thing is on you tube but he’s the end.
Why that old reporter decides to spend his last moments quoting Shakespeare to his soon to be dead viewers, rather than trying to get into Jane Kaczmarek’s pants, I’ll never understand. This was pre-viagra, I guess that explains it.
“Why would anyone want procreation on Mars anyway?”
Why to attempt to breed 3 boobed daughters of course, why else?! ;D
You remember 1970s movie Capricorn I ?
After the military realizes too late that the ship life support will fail in space they decide to fake the trip to Mars on TV to keep the program from being canceled.
That was a fun conspiracy film. OJ was an astronaut in it, Jim Brolin starred.
I am doubtful that a ship will even be built that can take humans all the way to Mars keeping them alive, let alone them surviving there.
Notice no men have landed on the Moon since US mid 70s.
You bring up some valid points ... However, every trailblazing expedition needs those intimately familiar with such inhospitable environments (as she’s *clearly* stated) to search for raw materials, draw off (scare off?) Alien threats, etc.
For some reason, the old movie “Robinson Crusoe On Mars” comes to mind...
Cool Martian space ships...
Capriocrn 1, never heard of it, which is odd with that cast. It probably helped fuel those moon landing conspiracy theories.
“Notice no men have landed on the Moon since US mid 70s.”
And the next one will probably be Chinese.
At an unspecified time, Capricorn Onethe first manned mission to Marsis on the launch pad. Such NASA authorities as Dr. James Kelloway (Hal Holbrook) realize, too late, that a faulty life-support system supplied by a corrupt NASA contractor will kill the astronauts during the flight. As the manned space program needs a success to continue, they find themselves forced to falsify the landing rather than cancel the mission.
Minutes before launch, the bewildered crew of Air Force Colonel Charles Brubaker (James Brolin), Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Peter Willis (Sam Waterston), and Navy Commander John Walker (O. J. Simpson) are removed from Capricorn One and flown to an abandoned United States Army Air Corps desert base. The launch proceeds on schedule, but the public is unaware that the spacecraft is empty. At the base, the astronauts are informed they will help counterfeit the television footage during the flight to and from Mars, and that it is their patriotic duty to participate for the sake of national morale and prestige. Initially they refuse, but Kelloway, himself under extreme duress (from whom, what, or where is never clearly specified) to go through with the hoax, threatens their families if they do not cooperate, claiming a bomb will explode on a plane carrying the family members.
Does anyone remember this?:
I have a couple vague memories of it.
That’s before Impy’s time. I have the vaguest recollection, but whether I watched it is another story. I see it had the dad from “Silver Spoons” in it (Joel Higgins).