One of the primary obstacles to human colonization of Mars is the funding -- creating a habitable environment and sending humans across the gulf of space is a costly process, well beyond the exploration budgets of most nations. But Nobel Prize-winning physicist Gerard 't Hooft and Big Brother co-creator Paul Romer have a brilliant solution that will put colonists on Mars by 2023.
The key: Fund the whole shebang by turning the mission into reality TV.
The Dutch company Mars One is managing the project, and in its explanatory video below, talking heads call the project (a little euphemistically maybe) a "media event," comparing it to the moon landing. They also tout the fact that its apolitical and taxpayer-independent, a private space endeavor, paid for by eyeballs on screens.
Romer told The Daily Mail:
The part of that quote that sticks out is that an audience will be able to "help with decisions." Shifting the selection process from experts handpicking the best candidates to, perhaps, people texting in to vote for their favorite explorer is an ... interesting idea.
Four explorers would hit the surface of the Red Planet by 2023 -- where, the company promises, a habitation will already have been built -- with more trickling in over the next 10 years until 20 people are there. Construction rovers would be sent first to make sure housing is set up for the first wave, with more houses going up as needed.
Mars One has received letters of interest from aerospace companies potentially willing to donate hardware for the mission, and the presence of some real scientists rather than businessmen lends credence to the project, but colonizers on Mars in a little more than two decades is still a lofty goal, whether it's funded by NASA or by prime-time.
[via The Daily Mail]
I can’t wait ‘till they go to Mars and actually tell the public about the long lost civilization that once thrived there. When Mars was covered with oceans. There are man-made pyramids, structures on Mars…so many wonders are waiting for us there. And Money isn’t the problem, technology is. No one has figured out how to protect the astronauts from the cosmic wind. Some designs being pushed forth right now….hydrogen slush filled double hulls, electromagnetic shielding, vasmir pruplosion. We’ll get there one day, because like dogs, humans tend to find their way back home.
i can't wait till the day Mars is taught to students in history class
Best idea for space exploration ever!
Think about it. They could be raking in cash for years before they ever left Earth.
Colonist selection, Training, Designing building and testing the space craft and structures.
They wouldn't even need to pay the cast and crew.
The average TV series cost millions per hour of video. This project could produce years worth of streaming video, plus the TV series and specials.
They cant loose even if the mission fails.
In fact if it does fail, the more catastrophic the failure the better.
best part is if they kill each other what is the government gana do arrest them?
Jersey shore in Spaaaaaaaaaaace.....
If we really want to colonize Mars we have to be a little creative. The atmosphere on Mars is almost non existent and we need one to be there. Mars colonies can't all be domed cities or a collection of domed habitats.
(1) Terraform Mars:
Part of the reason Mars has no atmosphere is it has little-to-no EM field to resist the solar wind. Lets burrow into the crust, build giant microwave emitters, and try to warm the core of the planet and impart a rotational motion such that the planet's EM field gets restored.
(2) Bring Water:
We could seek out comets composed of water-ice and crash those into the planet. Over time, a hydrologic cycle should begin that restores liquid water to the planet.
(3) Bring life:
We need plants that produce oxygen. Seed water rich areas with plant matter indigenous to Earth.
(4) Build cities around these oases.
IF Mars has something that microbes could eat, we could take a note from 'Red Planet' and blanket the planet with cutomized microbes that eat "x" and produce oxygen, nitrogen, and other elements that are in our air. But thats a big if and says nothing for restoring water to the planet.
And if all this fails?
At least we tried ;)
LOL ... who would be responsible if the "show" gets cancelled? How many of you watch the ISS feed every day?
Who's somehow nutty and yet stable enough to want to spend the rest of their lives in a prison?
Gimmicks are not going to get us into space any faster. Rather, they may hold us back for many more decades. We need to put our efforts towards technology that will make such a trip easy ... not to mention helping us here on Earth. Come up with something better than rocket power and colonization will flourish.
Reminds me of Defying Gravity, this cut-off-after-1-season-scifi-show, in which they were traveling to several planets across like a 6 year span or something. Anyway, they had to do spacewalks for Halloween candy commericals and crap like that. It's how they funded the space craft and stuff. It was an ok show, nothing too interesting. What I liked most was their take on near future tech. Like I think cellphones and credit cards were combined, stuff like that.
We would not be able to create an em field because Mars is just not large enough to have a "Dynamo effect", as well as the lack of plate techtonics (SP?). This would be the first thing that humans would need to accomplish to teraform Mars, but that doesn't mean we won't try like hell to do so.
cool but what if a virus from mars turns the colonizers into zombies and start to eat eachother? and have the ability to return to earth without any space suit or oxygen? watch the movie "Ghosts of Mars" to learn more..
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Note to self: Don't bring bath salts to Mars...
This is an awesome idea!!!
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In my mind the math just doesn't work, TV just doesn't make enough money to fund a Mars colonization project unless the costs can be reduced very dramatically. Elon Musk has thrown around starting numbers for a Mars Mission in the 2 - 5 billion range, and that's an ambitious number. It would be very hard to generate that from reality TV.
That said, the more mainstream interest in humans settling Mars the better, so I wish them luck, but it's a long shot at best. But if it happens, you can bet I'll watch it and be glued to it.
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@lawsonrw - You need to do a little reading on wikipedia or something, they have great articles there both on colonizing and terraforming Mars. The most obvious hole in your theory is the water part -- first of all, there is water on Mars, perhaps lots of it, and second, if there wasn't, your idea of bombarding the planet with comets to have them splash down as water is a bit silly and I can't see it working. Comets may well be a water resource to space stations and the like, but the idea that you could crash them onto a planet as a water resource is nuts -- either they are too small to be useful, or they're too big to use.
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@JediMindset - Then their TV show ratings will be far better than anyone could have hoped for :P
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the problem in colonizing mars or the moon is not tech it's us.
we can biuld large cities if we wanted tobut we can't over come the bodies need for earth level gravity. it won't be much of a problem for the people going but any child born on mars will be in big trouble.
the kids will grow far taller then their parents and have the bones of an 90 year old. that's saying these people don't get Sterilized on the way to mars or if the men could even get it up thanks to the low gravity.
end the end we are the weakest link.
It's impossible to get 'live' TV from Mars, it's too far away.
This project is dependent upon a human or humans willing to settle and put their whole life to stay on Mars. So this person will have to be mentally stable and comfortable living these little shelters forever, knowing life outside kills. Are they going to send several men? Most humans like to have relationships, share touch and make emotional ties. If these men are not gay, perhaps in the course of time they will become gay. What if one person decides to become gay and the other person does not. What if a rape occurs on Mars or any type of violent act? Ok, what if they send to Mars Men and Woman, how will that work out, if a baby is born on Mars or if rape or a violent act occurs? If Earth decides a few have become violent against others, will they punish them by turn off the environmental support or stop shipping support to this Mars town?
What if the Mars town does successfully establish itself and all is well with the community and they declare themselves their own society, separate from Earth? Will Earth send up a military patrol and re-concur this Mars establish society? Will there be war between Earth and Mars?
We Earthlings have a long history of wanting to take land and make it our own, and then somebody else comes along and takes that land from them and so on...
What if in the process of establishing a Mars community over the course of years disease kills off the colony and the disease establish itself fully onto Mars, filling the environment with human killing disease microbes.
If one human dies from an accident of sorts, in our digestive track lays billions of other bacteria’s, microbes and parasites, more waiting to devour the human body and escape into the world, to establish themselves in the Mars enviroment.
What if there are already Mars microbes and bacterias. Then as these thing establish themselve in the Mars colony will make it impossible for the colony to return to Mars or Earthlings to visit this colony. Well if the Mars colony survices this martin plague, I guess it wins the war of independence over Earth.
Perhaps the this Mars Colony will send a probe back to Earth with the same microbes and bacterias and later concur Earth.
What goes around, comes around...
Its largely believed that Earth's oceans were brought here by comets. Secondly, I very well know that Mars has water. What is the big unknown right now is whether what water left on Mars is enough to form large seas and oceans. Why is that important? Large bodies of water facilitate the hydrologic cycle which is vital to sustaining complex ecosystems.
Next I'm going to say that nobody believes it will be a big splashdown like dropping a water balloon. More than likely that water will vaporize, seeding the atmosphere with water vapor and other gases that will facilitate warming the planet. And as mentioned above, a hydrologic cycle will ensue, depositing water at the lowest elevations and (over a long period of time) creating seas and oceans.
Coming back to how water comets impact the atmosphere of a planet, those comets will bring with them a host of other gases and minerals that could infuse the atmosphere with what is needed to support complex life.
I kep my earlier post short for sake of brevity, not because I'm ignorant.
Is it wrong that I want to be the first Human Man on Mars and my only first words would be "FIRST" lol
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I would think that the cost would outweigh the idea, no one is going to dish out billion of dollars for a reality TV show like that. I don't know if you call this reality TV or not but there was a proposal to send a commercial shared robotic mission to Mars at Mars Society Convention in 2005 here:
A Mars exploratory rover and or balloon would travel over, or just above the surface of Mars, while sending back IMAX high definition type moving motion pictures broadcasted through a satellite placed in geostationary orbit. The Balloon / Rover would broadcast to the satellite that is placed in orbit around Mars and then beamed back to Earth.
The cost of a privately funded mission to Mars would be shared by several different sponsors including Martian amusement park like rides (Disneyland or Universal Studios), Mars documentary (a Titanic type movie), Imax planetarium viewing movies, the next generation of Pepsi drinkers, Internet real-time viewing through sponsored sites and movie producers who would want a more exacting landscape to use for the Martian background, something that no one has ever seen before until the movie is released.
With that cheap asteroid mining system this colonising mars reality tv show may actually kick off pretty well ^^
(where public goes, goes money)
bored? lets go mine the stars... ^^
If we could just prove in any situation any where’s in outer space it is profitable to be in outer space, then we will establish ourselves there. We just need to clearly identify what that thing is for investors to take that risk.
The Gods created us to serve them and so it our history to seek out and find more wealth. Of course, we as humans were also were given the ability of choice and those humans who allow themselves to be dominated by greed were eliminated in the past. The Gods who taught to be selfish and greedy were also removed of their power and thrown down to Earth.
The one God who concurred the greedy Gods, desire us in our freedom of choice to learn to be unselfish. So as we humans move beyond the Earth, hopefully we will take this trait of being unselfish with us too.
Brilliant idea!!! I hope they finally do! I want to visit mars! I was very sad when I heard that NASA cancelled the program (actually it was Osama - er, Hussein Obama), but I'll be really happy if the private sector does pick up the mission and follows through!
Love the concept but I worry about what will happen if the life support fails. Also, once there what happens if the public taste for spectacle dissipates and funding dries up? I think a concerted internationally financed, international mission makes much more sense. It's a disgrace humanity is not committed to deep space exploration. We could be in the moon and Mars and setting up the first colonies on the moons of Jupiter had we made a major public committment when man landed on the moon. Well be committed to supporting this venture for decades at least before it becomes technologically self-sustaining. What about families, children, education, etc.? Have they really thought this through?
Also, they might get sick!
Man what a great feeling you would have being one of the first colonists on a new planet.
Sure scary because of the whole "could die at any moment thing" but I think those first pioneers are the bravest men and women to bring humanity to the next level of exploration inter planetary domination.
Look out E.T. were moving in. And we all know what Americans do with the inhabitants of land we want, "Here have a nice warm disease blanket" Mr. Alien.