“Most reality shows can only offer their participants free booze and a fleeting chance at fame, but a new reality show called “Mars One” is upping the ante in a big, big way: they’re offering their cast a one-way ticket to Mars. Yes, really…. A Dutch company is now accepting applications for aspiring astronauts/reality TV stars. The plan is for the first group of humans to depart for their new home planet in 2023, with subsequent crews joining them every two years (the journey from Earth to Mars takes seven months). Colonizing the red planet will cost an estimated $6 billion, which is where the reality show angle comes in.
According to Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp, “Mars One intends to maintain an ongoing, global media event, from astronaut selection to training, from liftoff to landing…If humans land on Mars, everyone will want to watch. It will be bigger than the Olympic Games.” Potential participants need to keep in mind that the show might turn out to be more like “The Hunger Games” than “Mars-y Shore”: “There will be emergencies and deaths,” Lansdorp said. “We need to make sure that crew members can continue without those people.” Eesh.
If you’re still itching to join the cast of Mars One, you must pass two eligibility requirements: participants must be 18 years or older, and willing to live out their entire lives on another planet, because Mars One does not plan for any return missions to Earth.
So, who’s ready to send in their application? (If you’re on the fence, keep in mind there’s a $38 application fee.) I’m going to go ahead and sit this one out, but lord knows I’ll be watching whatever crazy show they put together. Really hoping they have some kind of romantic re-population ceremony on the peak of Olympus Mons”
^This is CRAZY, but real. Thats deffiantly gonna be insane to watch.
I applied. My husband got mad. heehee. I didn’t get mad when he joined the Army. lol. this is A TAD different tho
yeah, just a TAD different. hah
Want to go to Mars in 2023? Here’s where you apply
Mars One, the not-for-profit attempting to send humans to Mars in 2023, has listed the qualifications you need to make the one-way trip to the Red Planet. The barriers to entry are either surprisingly low or strikingly high, depending on your perspective.
First off, there are very few technical or physical limitations on entry to the program. They don’t specify that you need any particular scientific background, or a university degree at all. In fact, you don’t even need to be especially proficient at English (they’ll train you), despite the fact that it’s the language of the mission.
The biggest specific barrier to the program is the fact that all applicants must be at least 18 (they will be 28 when the mission leaves). The Mars One requirements also mention that there will be an upper age limit for the program as well, although have not decided on what that will be specifically.
So, easy right? Well, not so much. (Mars One/Bryan Versteeg/mars-one.com)
The first Martian’s-eye-view of Earth and its moon was captured on May 8, 2003, by a camera aboard NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor craft. Shot from Mars at a distance of 86 million miles (139 million kilometers) from Earth, the image reveals an illuminated slice of Earth’s Western Hemisphere—as well as a celestial perspective of the world in which we live.
Can we live on Mars?
Mars is not as close to Earth as Venus is, but it probably is the only planet in our solar system that we can colonize. But living there won’t be simple.Mars is poorly suited for human habitation. There’s some ice at the poles and perhaps some water in underground repositories. Gravity is only 38 percent as strong as on Earth. The atmosphere is thin and consists mostly of carbon dioxide (95%). So colonists would have to either take air from Earth or make air on Mars. Plants efficiently separate the oxygen bound to carbon and therefore can make air we can breathe, so colonists should take plants along.
The Martian atmosphere is too thin to hold oxygen, which would just escape to space. So the plants would have to be cultivated in greenhouses and the oxygen they produce kept in flasks.
Mars has a very weak magnetic field, and its atmosphere offers little protection against radiation from space. So the Martian colonists would have to build radiation protection into their houses and wear thick suits. Unlike Earth, where most incoming meteorites burn up in the atmosphere, many meteorites crash dangerously onto the surface of Mars.
The Martian weather is awful. It’s cold: the average temperature of the southern hemisphere is minus 60 degrees Celsius; even at the equator, it’s seldom over zero. Winds are fierce and blow at speeds of several hundred kilometres an hour, and storms can last for months. The wind whirls up fine dust that penetrates everything and sticks to all surfaces, which literally would toss sand in the gears of vital mechanical and electronic equipment.
Today, there are no concrete, approved plans for sending people to Mars. The earliest date mentioned in official papers is 2019, which would be 50 years after the first Moon landing.photo from: novacelestia.com
This excellent panoramic image is the first color photo showing the landscape and distant Mount Sharp sitting in front of the Curiosity rover. It is the first photo taken with the probe’s MastCams, the main workhorse cameras that sit high atop its head.
This is great: Phil Plait’s Gallery of Curiosity’s First Week on Mars.
The Curiosity rover’s mission to Mars will feed our hunger to know more about the Red Planet, once viewed as home to lost civilizations and canals but now seen as a desert planet that might be colonized. As we await more images and data from Curiosity, illustrated below is what we’ve learned from previous voyages to the fourth planet from the sun.
I hope people don’t stop giving a shit about this in a week or two.
This is what Mars looks like. Hey everyone, this is what Mars looks like. We didn’t know this yesterday.
Can I tell you how much I love panoramic images?
Especially, if it they’re taken on ANOTHER PLANET!