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Deserting Earth for a Chance in Space August 19, 2014

Posted by Al Philipson in Science and Science Fiction news.
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For most, space exploration has been a fascination since adolescence; series like Star War and Star Trek, romanticizing the concept of far off planets and uninhabitable lands, filled with vast expanses of the darkness of space. Letting dreams take you beyond the clouds, aspirations of a career as an astronaut seem closer than before, but what about those who cannot make it through the rigorous process of entering NASA’s elite profession? Turns out you can buy your way off this planet; but there is still catch-you can’t come back.

mars-oneAs news of NASA’s plan to construct a permanent greenhouse on our local neighboring red planet Mars, other news comes from the red planet’s private sector-the newly funded “Mars One”. The independently crowd-funded Dutch company, Mars One is estimating that they can colonize Mars for human pilgrims as soon as 2023. And people are flooding in for a chance to explore the red planet.

Receiving 165,000 applications from all corners of the Earth, the company has proven that there is a market for settlements on the Mars. But the question prevails: is there the money?

“After discussions with potential supplier for each component and close examination, Mars One estimates the cost of putting the first four people on Mars at $6 billion” Mars One said in a recent press release. “The six billion figure is the cost of all the hardware combined, plus the operational expenditures, plus margins. For every next manned mission, Mars One estimates the costs at $4 billion.”

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1. Al Philipson - October 9, 2014

The project’s web site (not pretty, but informative): http://www.mars-one.com/


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