Mars One – Update
No. I didn’t bow to pressure from my wife and sign-up for the one-way journey to the red planet.
Just in case you were wondering.
If you have NO IDEA what I’m talking about then I’m used to that, but I posted about this project last January and the post is here for your reading pleasure.
Mars One is a project to send us humanoids on a one-way trip to Mars. This is not like being sent to the naughty corner. This is a life-changing opportunity and plenty of people have applied to have one of these as their supermarket trolley.
In fact, their mission statement reads as thus:
Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish permanent human life on Mars. Human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. Mars One’s mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon will captivate and inspire generations. It is this public interest that will help finance this human mission to Mars.
An unbelievable 202,586 people from more than 140 countries of this world applied to take the journey of new discovery. 24% of these were from America, 10% from India and Great Britain showing a healthy 4% of applications. Anything to avoid the X-Factor!
The plan is that by next year they will have six to ten teams of four volunteers to undertake the 7-year training to be ready to fly off to another world by 2023.
At the end of December Mars One announced 1,058 people had been put through to the next phase.
I hope this works. I keep my fingers crossed until they HURT in the hope that this happens during my lifetime. I’m envious of the 1,058 people and the adventure they’re about to embark upon just to have the chance to be one of the teams.
My previous post asked Where is all the ALIEN footage? Well some of these people will get a chance to be an Alien landing on a foreign planet. I might EXPLODE with excitement.
I’ll keep you updated or you can visit the official website: http://www.mars-one.com/
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