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Old 04-18-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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There might yet be life on Mars.

Human life, that is.

Mars One is a project with the long term goal of establishing a permanent colony on the red planet. The plan is to send a series of rovers to lay the foundations of a settlement followed by a group of four humans in 2023. Two more volunteers will be sent every two years thereafter until there's a group of more than 20 living on the surface of Mars.

The folks over at Mars One say the technology exists and the plan is well laid-out. Funding will be gathered from private investors so that no taxpayer money will be spent on this project.

So besides the obvious crushing boredom and insanely long trip, what's the catch? Well, it's strictly a one-way ticket only. Volunteers will be sent with the intention of staying on Mars for the remainder of their lives.

Of course, there are many risks that come with a plan like this. Weaker gravity means that bone and muscle degradation is inevitable. Radiation on the surface of Mars poses a huge threat that simply can't be fully understood unless we actually go there and get a closer look at thing. And never mind the fact that you'll spend the rest of your life with the same small group of people in a relatively confined space.

So Pit monkeys, what are your thoughts? Do you think you've got what it takes to set off into the unknown for the advancement of humankind? Would you rather watch and see how it goes first? Or do you think this is all a massive waste of time that could never possibly work out?


Link to the official website - http://mars-one.com/en/

Of course there are a ton of news reports about this, but I won't link them all here. A quick Google search should return more than enough results from reputable sources to lay your minds to rest about the authenticity of the project.

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Old 04-18-2013, 08:37 PM   #2
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But what of the sandstorms?
Those are pretty lame.

Though I guess with enough technology you could avoid it.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:37 PM   #3
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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I feel like this had to be a Twilight Zone episode.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:40 PM   #5
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I'd be surprised if they actually do this.
I mean, is Mars even inhabitable?
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:40 PM   #6
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i've always dreamed of being on the moon. if you just lay out in the grass at night and imagine it, really imagine it, it's the most overwhelming thought.

sign me up for mars
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #7
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I'm a fan of the Flexible Path program.

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/396093main_...FinalReport.pdf
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i've always dreamed of being on the moon. if you just lay out in the grass at night and imagine it, really imagine it, it's the most overwhelming thought.

sign me up for mars

I'd much rather be on the moon. I feel like Mars would be incredibly lonely with the extreme distance between you and everyone you know but with the moon you could just be like "Oh hey guys, I can totally see all of you right now, how's it goin" when you feel like it.
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I'd be surprised if they actually do this.
I mean, is Mars even inhabitable?

Honestly? No. Not in it's current state anyway. If it had a magnetic field like the Earth then it might be but not as it is now. It's pretty much just a big rock.

So with that in mind, another catch for anyone who decided to go ahead with this is that you'll effectively be living indoors for the rest of your life. No more outdoors, no more fresh air.

I imagine the lifestyle to be pretty miserable out of necessity but someone has to take the first step, right?
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:02 PM   #10
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Right, I saw this one:
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tl;dr: How are we going to account for the lack of atmosphere/magnetic fields that block out so much of the sun's harmful radiation? I'm guessing keeping everyone indoors is obvious, but like, I dunno. Prolonged exposure out there? You never know what might happen.
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I assume we'd get constant updates, probably with videos back? How crazy would it be if they had some disaster and had no way to survive any longer and we just slowly watched their slow death.
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How are we going to account for the lack of magnetic fields that block out so much of the sun's harmful radiation?


a gigantic electromagnet

like REALLY big
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tl;dr: How are we going to account for the lack of atmosphere/magnetic fields that block out so much of the sun's harmful radiation? I'm guessing keeping everyone indoors is obvious, but like, I dunno. Prolonged exposure out there? You never know what might happen.

Well they say they're basing the whole thing on currently available technology so I imagine they'll use whatever method that's used today in space stations.

That's kind of half the point though, that we don't know exactly until we go and experience it for ourselves. They seem to want to make it abundantly clear that it's the most dangerous thing any human being could ever realistically put themselves forward for. Regardless of the success of the colony, they want anyone who volunteers to go ahead with the mindset that they will not be returning to Earth one way or another.

As soon as the rocket breaks away from the Earth's gravity, Mars is home.

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Well they say they're basing the whole thing on currently available technology so I imagine they'll use whatever method that's used today in space stations.


As far as EVA is concerned, there is no real method... just hopefully "get out of the way" when there is significant solar activity on the way. Other than hard structures, we don't have great methods of protection from space weather.
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they want anyone who volunteers to go ahead with the mindset that they will not be returning to Earth one way or another.


It's not just a mindset; I'm pretty sure it's a rule. They speculated that once the bone and muscle density changes take place, it would be impossible for anyone to survive back on Earth.

I can't imagine why anyone would volunteer for this (although so many already have).
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I can't imagine why anyone would volunteer for this (although so many already have).


are you serious? this could be the most amazing experience you could ever have. it would completely transcend anything you could do here on earth.

YOU WOULD BE ON MARS

i'm not and never will be physically healthy enough to be a part of a mission like this but damn it i want to be
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are you serious? this could be the most amazing experience you could ever have. it would completely transcend anything you could do here on earth.



Really? As soon as you get over the awesomeness of it all...

you're just there. On a rock. Forever.
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I can't imagine why anyone would volunteer for this (although so many already have).

It's pretty much the only way to one-up Neil Armstrong.
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Really? As soon as you get over the awesomeness of it all...

you're just there. On a rock. Forever.


On the first planet to be visited outside of the human homeworld. So lame
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On the first planet to be visited outside of the human homeworld. So lame


No, that would be awesome. But for how long? As soon as that feeling wears off, you're going to be bored and depressed for the rest of your life until you die.

Doesn't sound fun to me
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