The space project Mars One have had its registration from 30 countries. An average of 1,000 people submitted their orders to live on the Red Planet, a project of the Dutch company "Mars One", which plans to build the first human colony on the neighbour planet around 2022-2023.
The project's creators say: "We are very excited about the launch of the selection. During this first round, we will open the doors of Mars to everyone".
The company is committed to build a neighbourhood where life is possible, with an "update" every two years, emphasizing that "the plan is realistic and accurate, and is based solely on existing technologies."
The mission plan is as follows:
- 2013: Selection of the first 40 astronauts and construction of a facility replica for training purposes.
- 2014: Production of the first communications satellite.
- 2016: Launch of a modified SpaceX Dragon with a supply of 2.5 tons of food.
- 2018: Launch of a Rover exploration vehicle similar to the one used in the moon to select the location of the colony.
- 2021: Launch of 6 additional Shipping Dragons and a Rover with two residential units, two life units and two food supplies.
- 2022: Launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy with a first group of four persons.
- 2023: Arrival of the first inhabitants of Mars.
- 2025: Arrival of a second group of four people.
- 2033: The colony reaches 20 inhabitants. "The project is economically and logistically doable, due to the number of suppliers and experts in the existing space exploration" says the website. Mars One estimates the cost of the first flight revolving around 6,000 million euros, with an estimated 4,000 million euros per trip every two years.
A broadcasted Big Brother-like show following the interplanetary nomad daily life is being studied: "The idea is to fund most of the project through the sale of broadcast rights of a" Reality Show" which start from the selection stage and could become the biggest television event of the world".
The video profiles on the future inhabitants of Mars will be seen at the company website
Project organizers explained that a space of 3,000 square meters will be dedicated to fix solar panels to meet all the energy needs of the colony, using common industry models that are quite easy to carry.
The fact that Mars is further from the Sun than Earth reduces solar gain, but a much thinner atmosphere than our blue planet filters a larger amount of solar radiation.
"Mars One" emphasizes on the possibility of using solar energy given the fact that the need to produce fuel for a return trip to Earth is nonexistent. In this sense, "Mars One" wants to make clear to the candidates that they have to get used to the idea that a return to the land is not possible, the red planet becoming in this case their new home, where they will live and work for the rest of their lives.
The company plans to elect the future colonists of Mars in 2015. The 24 selected will be divided into six groups of four, and for the next seven years, they will be preparing for this event, while focusing on physical and mental qualities of crucial importance as strength, resilience, curiosity, the ability to trust others, creativity and inventiveness among others.
During the last stage, 24-40 candidates will be fully trained and qualified, and the final decision will be taken by public vote. Because the name of the first inhabitants of the red planet will be etched forever in history, Mars One team considers necessary to have a global vote and that such an event would be important for all humanity.
According to the company, 45,000 people have registered to receive information abut the project progress, and 10,000 people have already sent emails to be aware of the different application processes.