Five months after the Netherlands-based private spaceflight project Mars One announced it would begin accepting applications for a one-way trip to the red planet, 202,586 people from more than 140 countries have submitted videos explaining why they should be chosen for the mission.
The first of four selection rounds ended August 31. Now, the Mars One selection committee will spend the next several months narrowing down the applicants. There are even plans to launch a reality TV show to choose the final candidates. The goal is for 24 to 40 people to begin a seven-year training program in 2015. Then, working with the private space flight company SpaceX, Mars One hopes to send the prospective Martian settlers to the red planet in teams of four, beginning in 2023.
Did you apply to the Mars One program? We want to hear your story! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your video application.
I think the best way to survive on Mars is under ground. Seems like the best way to protect humans from radiation. Unless the Martian rock is radioactive or has a lot of Radon in it.
I would volunteer but I'm out of shape and a bit older.
It wouldn't be that hard to leave home, fly to a distant planet on a one way mission, isolated with just 24-40 people while the rest of your life is broadcasted on worldwide television.
But we just don't have the technology to make it sustainable without constant support from earth.
If i was chosen i would need a viable way to create fuel, an aircraft capable of sustained flight and a highly advanced ground penetrating radar to map the world and potential resource locations.
End of the day the first settlers need to be miners, smelters and construction workers!
Rome wasn't build in a day
I doth must protest about PopSci seeming morbidity. It is most grandiose certainly but for whatever individual reason folks sign up I care not. "Why climb to Mars? One ask. Because it's there!" I had thought that the pioneering spirit of humanity had already died out but apparently not. Go build a colony and others shall follow. This is about exploring the final frontier. And it's not just about 'conquering' outer space but of the human quality, endurance, of survival. Earth will always have problems & may never be solved in one's lifetime, but should be no reason why we shouldn't give our blessings. And Earth is just getting way to dangerous from threats within & without. I say:"We shall not go quietly into the night. We must survive.."
@Crazystoner I recommend the videos from Kirk Sorensen, Taylor Wilson, and Motherboard's the Thorium dream. I'm surprised more people are not aware of thorium as an energy source. Using Thorium you can power your vessel to the red planet. Land your crew on the planet. You can recycle your air, water, and waste, and still have lots power to do whatever else you may need to do. If I remember correctly Mars One doesn't want to use nuclear energy. But it would be a better option. Thorium is a much safer nuclear fuel than Plutonium or Uranium.
Here are the names of the mentioned videos
TEDxYYC - Kirk Sorensen - Thorium
Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors
Motherboard TV: The Thorium Dream (Documentary)
Total viewing time ~53 minutes for all 3 videos, but totally worth it!
-Science. Ruining everything since 1543
@codeman3300 there's an even easier way to generate cleaner nuclear energy, if you wiki something called the breeder reactor the efficiency scales of one of these is through the roof. i believe it takes quite a bit of fuel to get started but once it's humming along i heard that it could be sustained by the nuclear isotopes in our oceans. do you know how radioactive our oceans are? they are less radioactive than our air. we could power our nations here on earth with our strategic nuclear supply until the universe went into heat death.
gotta say too, this is a very morbid and hindering thought coming from a magazine that's supposed to be declaring the modern advances of society through science. going to mars in about 12 years seems like something you'd want to be watching closely to figure out what kinds of technology they are going to use, what their plans are for when they get there.
last i knew popsci wasn't an editorial magazine it was a reporting magazine. keep your thoughts and views out of my science or prepare to have your blasted ideals shot out of the sky.
to mars or bust!
Count me in the want to go group, I expect to die if I do not go, so why is there a problem if I die if I do go? My age may be against me, but the wonder and opportunity to be among the first to go to Mars is just overwhelming.
It comes down to the matter of wanting to succeed in establishing a ongoing community on Mars. If you establish it with it with a community that finds 'death' acceptable, then things get hard or tuff, they have already in advance accepted death and will not fight to survive for the community to continue.
I fall back to the recent movie 2012, where the well informed enlighten crazy knows all about the world will end and goes to the mountain top in Yellowstone and embraces death, while everyone else is rushing leave to survive.
If all the volunteers to Mars find death acceptable, so goes the mission being DOOMED!
The groupd they should send to Mars, should over course be highly intelligent, adaptable and have a "high sense and desire to live!". And considering this place being so strange to what we all know as natural (EARTH), these people best have an irrational desire to LIVE!