Are you ready to leave earth and be one of the first inhabitants of Mars? Sign up for Mars One and get a one way ticket to the red planet. Yes, there’s no turning back once you board the spaceship. You will leave all your earthly possessions, your friends, and family behind to become a Martian.
Earthlings will watch your journey from beginning to end. It will be, as Prof. Hooft said, the biggest media spectacle ever, and Big Brother will pale in comparison. Only, you won’t get to enjoy your fame. People will watch you live and die on Mars.
Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Mars One has developed a realistic mission plan, built upon existing technologies available from proven aerospace suppliers worldwide. Several of these suppliers are already under contract of Mars One, including Lockheed Martin and Paragon Space Development. Work on the first unmanned mission, scheduled for launch in 2018, has already started.
They plan to land the first crew on Mars by 2025. The ambitious schedule is possible because the crews departing to Mars go there to stay. Instead of trying to bring crews back to Earth, they will send additional crews every two years, establishing the first human settlement outside of the Earth. They will select and train crews of astronauts.
The search for astronauts began in April 2013. More than 200,000 applied for this first call for future inhabitants. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon, literally the Next Giant Leap for Mankind, will inspire generations to come and will be the world’s biggest media event. – Mars One
Watch Mars One’s video explaining the mission plan, timeline and roadmap.
space.com published these inforgraphics explaining the mission.
Surely, you have questions regarding the ambitious mission. Why Mars, and not another planet? What are they going to eat? Are they allowed to have children on Mars? What if someone dies? What will be their religion? You can find some of the answers on their webpage. For questions about aliens and other life forms, I guess we’ll discover that as the mission progress.
If you’d rather stay on Earth, there are other ways to contribute and support the mission. Visit Mars One community platform and get involved.