Skip to comments.Wanted: People willing to die on Mars
Posted on 03/17/2013 9:20:37 PM PDT by LibWhacker
Mars One co-founder tells CBC about its proposed one-way trip to the Red Planet
Mars One hopes to have people living on the planet for the rest of their lives by 2023.(Mars One/YouTube)
The man behind the private space project dubbed Mars One is looking for people to travel to Mars, but he's not offering a return ticket.
"The technology to get humans to Mars and keep them alive there exists," Bas Lansdorp told Day 6 host Brent Bambury in an interview that aired this week on CBC Radio.
"The technology to bring humans from Mars back to Earth simply does not exist yet."
Lansdorp said he's looking for people who are utterly dependable, good in groups and "at their best when things are at their worst."
The never-to-return explorers will require eight years of training, and the search starts this year.
The flight is scheduled to leave in Sept. 2022.
To hear the complete conversation, including how Lansdorp plans to fund the trip, click the audio button above.
they want younger people...
Ill only be 74...
Volunteers? I bet the one way part will cut the number way down.
I think I would.
Lol, I take it back. I’ll only be 73. (What are they going to do when they find out I lied about my age, send me back?)
Eight years of training before they send me off to Mars to spend the rest of my life eating MREs and drinking recycled urine? How about I get to live like a Royal 0bama for eight years then you send me to Mars? lol
Heck, yes! I’m sick of all the libs here. But I could deal with one or two libs out there... “I’m sorry, sir. We were out behind the boulder over there, and I think a meteor must’ve hit him in the back of the head. Made a real mess.”
Vastectomies for the boys, hormone replacement to help the girls fight off PMS.
Can we FReep from there?
I'll bet I don't have any ex-wives on Mars though.
Sign me up.
Send all the Obama voters.
i’ll be 85 but how will I get my Social Security check?
If it’s one-way, why not make it a colony?
I would do it.
I hear ya’. Turnin’ green and mushy as we speak.
What does it cost to live on Mars?
I mean..is it like Ecuador? Can I have a maid and all that jazz really cheap?
“Now this is the plan. Get your a$$ to Mars, go to the Hilton Hotel and flash the fake Brubaker ID at the front desk. That’s all there is to it ”
Sign me up!
Absolutely! And there’s only a 21 minute delay, max, when earth and Mars are on opposite sides of the Sun. Heck, we often have worse than that here on earth when the server burps.
Unfortunately, not. No one is going to go to Mars to be a maid.
Then I’ll DEFINITELY not go!
Most settlers in human history have known they were going on a one way trip. At least these people will be able to communicate with their loved ones by videochat.
I guess I’ll just stay here then and clean my own house.
Another dream dashed.
I aint too far behind ya...
Can’t we just send all the whacko liberals? And how about muzzies....they should go to. In fact, there are a lot of people we’d be better off without.
“Send all the Obama voters.”
aka the Walking Deadocrats.......and send their leader
As long as I can play “Little Ole Man” by Bill Cosby I’ll be just fine!
Found a Volunteer
That’s what I’m thinking. At my age? Heck, it’d be a kick. Wouldn’t do it if I were young, though.
We should do with our prisoners the same thing the British did with their convicts. I'm sure there'll be plenty of volunteers from our prison.
"Lansdorp said he's looking for people who are utterly dependable, good in groups and "at their best when things are at their worst."
Well, they ARE good in groups...
By 2022, Mars might look a lot more attractive, especially if the political/financial situation doesn’t change.
If the democrats are still in power, I’d be happy to go.
It's not that easy. You need almost as much fuel to return from Mars as to get there. The payload to (fuel + overhead) ratio for a trip to Mars is horrendous. There is no booster or staging system that exists today that could take anyone from earth to Mars and back. Those Mars Rover gizmos do not have the overhead of keeping human beings alive and we have absolutely zero chance of bringing them back. The whole idea is a non-starter.
Will I be able to get all Duck Dynasty episodes?
Nobody really HAS to die on Mars.
If only they would get Ray-Gun control...
Sign me up!
Arthur C. Clarke’s 1971 “Transit of Earth” is about a group of astronauts sent to observe the 1984 Transit of Earth viewed from Mars. The original party is 15, ten of whom will observe the transit from Mars’ moon, Phobos, and five or whom will observe it from the surface of Mars.
The Mars lander suffers a malfunction and the five astronauts on Mars are stranded without hope of return. There is only enough oxygen for one of the five to live long enough to see the transit and report back to earth. One lucky astronaut is selected to live to see the earth and moon transit the solar disk, before he expires from hypoxia and report the event back to earth.
This reminds me of the woman who won Prot’s writing contest and went to K-Pax.
I’ve actually read articles suggesting to send seniors. Their libido isn’t as problematic, and they aren’t at the same risk/consequences of radiation.
They can start the process of colonization of Mars. Objectively, it does make a fair bit of sense.
They can trade my check for a couple of 30 year old dollies and a case of viagra!
The knowledge exists but the machinery/equipment does not thus the technology doesn’t really exist. We know “how” in principle except the weather on Mars is more inhospitable than Earth but we haven’t designed or built a way to do it.
Sure, I’ll only be near 50. I’ll go in a heart beat. But I want some input into how I’ll live and what I’ll do when I get there.
It’s entirely possible to build cities underground on Mars. There are also places that wind and solar should be easier to generate in the canyon. Also, it will be possible to process Martian soil for fuel and products like glass. The soil will need terraforming, but bio-dome farms should be possible fairly quickly.
I don’t mind being a pioneer as long as I’m being a pioneer and not someone elses scientific sociology experiment.