How Would You Like To Move To Mars?
For a select few this could become a real option by the year 2023 when a Netherlands-based nonprofit group called Mars One are looking to put the first colony on the Red Planet. They released the specifications for aspiring pioneers, these include intelligence, good mental and physical health and dedication to the project.
Norbert Kraft, the chief medical officer at Mars One made a statement regarding the requirements “Gone are the days when bravery and the number of hours flying a supersonic jet were the top criteria. Now, we are more concerned with how well each astronaut works and lives with the others, in the long journey from Earth to Mars and for a lifetime of challenges ahead.”
The colonization is due to start with a number of robotic cargo missions over the next few years, these will be followed by the four first pioneers in 2023 and more settlers being sent every two years. To fund the project Mars One are planning on launching a global reality-TV event which will begin by selecting the first settlers and continue to monitor their progress.
Mars One have already reported receiving more than 1,000 emails from individuals interested in going to Mars before they’d even launched the official Astronaut Selection Program. Their communication director released this statement: “We are working hard to launch our selection campaign as soon as possible, to open the doors to everyone who aspires to do something tremendous in their lifetime.”
The ultimate questions still remains, would you move to Mars? Particularly as there’s no plan for a return trip. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
Source: Mashable, Space.com