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04-23-13, 09:55 AM #1
One-way trips to Mars planned as reality showIf all goes well, Earthling television viewers can look forward to a decades-long reality show, though Lansdorp said the astronauts will be allowed to turn the cameras off at times.A Dutch company called Mars One began looking Monday for volunteer astronauts to fly to Mars. Departure for the Red Planet is scheduled for 2022, landing seven months later in 2023.The space travelers will return ... never. They will finish out their lives on Mars, representatives from the nonprofit said.
Anyone 18 or older may apply via video but there is an application fee -- $38 for U.S. applicants. The money will fund the mission.Mars One wants to build a colony that will be able to grow with an ever-expanding crew. The group has a plan for testing the technology that would transport people and things.The group wants to launch a supply mission that will land on Mars as soon as October 2016. A "settlement rover" will land in 2018.
If they get there, Mars astronauts will face a lonely life of danger, subsisting for extended periods on dried and canned food. They will get some of their water by recycling their urine.Mars One intends for a second crew to join the first one in 2025, and more will follow regularly. Each flight will carry two men and two women, so reproduction on Mars would be feasible but not intended."We will certainly not send couples," Lansdorp said.
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