Wanted: Mars colonists
Lansdorp has. He explained that the water the crews will carry to Mars will serve as shielding against deadly solar particles and cosmic rays. And once on the Red Planet, the habitat's roof will have some two meters of Martian soil for protection. You'll just have to make sure not to wander outside too much and you'll be okay. [Red Planet or Bust: 5 Manned Mars Mission Ideas]
Lansdorp has also thought through the entire time scale of what will happen when. More than 200, 000 candidates have applied already, and sometime this month Landsdorp is expected to announce who's made it into the second round of selection.
The first unmanned mission to pave the way will leave in 2016, followed by a first rover in 2018. This vehicle will start scouting for a perfect spot for the human outpost. In 2023, it will be joined by the very first Martians-to-be.
"I started Mars One because I wanted to go, and I still want to go to Mars, but I had my first son a few weeks ago, " Lansdorp answered. "But it's not even the main reason. I am just not that kind of person who can be locked up in a small room for 30 months with other people without hating each other."
"But I really hope I will be able to take my family to Mars one day, " he added.
Interior view of a possible habitat on Mars by the Mars One project.
Credit: Bryan Versteeg/Mars One
In the story, a father takes his family to Mars in the midst of war on Earth, duping them to believe it's only for a short vacation. When they arrive, he blows up the rocket and takes his wife and sons to meet other Martians...
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