Mars One Releases Astronaut Open Call Qualifications

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"An astronaut must be at least 18, making for a 28-year-old landing on the red planet"
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Either i'm reading this wrong or they think getting to Mars takes 10 years. Even with the payload difference, it only took Curiosity like what, 7-9 months? I could be wrong but still, might want to check your math on that.

NinjaSocks333:
"An astronaut must be at least 18, making for a 28-year-old landing on the red planet"
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Either i'm reading this wrong or they think getting to Mars takes 10 years. Even with the payload difference, it only took Curiosity like what, 7-9 months? I could be wrong but still, might want to check your math on that.

I believe they're taking into account the pre-manned missions for supply and habitat setup plus the 8 or so years of training required.

WWmelb:
It is exciting the possibility, and the chances that they would be able to bring people back to earth within the lifetime would be pretty good.

But damn. Scary.

Almost like voluntary prison, but in a new landscape and unbreathable atmosphere...

Shit..

Could this be the plan for lifers?

Space Australia?

Go SPACE-BRONCOS!

Hmmm, I really need to go to Spaceys, I wounder if there is anything good on the Raditz menu.

WWmelb:

The Sanctifier:

EvilRoy:

It's a really hard thing for anyone to do. There are very few people willing or able to spend extended amounts of time at the antarctic science stations here on earth, and going to Mars would be just like that except with less messed up day/night cycles and it's a one way ticket.

I guess it would be a bit similar. Though with Antarctica at least your still on the same planet. On Mars though, your a very very long way away from anyone else. I suppose though, it depends a bit on how quickly a space ship can go back and forth. Knowing that you could make it back to Earth if you really needed to would make it a lot more comforting.

The technology to come back does not currently exist.

It probably will eventually, but not right now.

Another note, i wouldn't mind apping to this just to get the 10year training and knowing i'm employed for a decade. then parting company and pissing everyone off!

Captcha's advice for the day: Talk To Strangers - okies. i'm out to do that now!

While the technology doesn't exist but the capability does exist. If you send people with the right skill sets, training and materials you can make a return trip possible. Mars have the material to make fuel for a return trip...

Considering how the people in that isolation test suffered from chronic boredom, I think we need to reconsider the crew/settlers' accommodations. Those capsules shown in that video? Way too crammed. I'm not claustrophobic, but having to live in such a confined space for the rest of my -life-? Few minds could handle that in the long end. As humans, we cannot be content with just surviving. We need to live comfortably, especially when we are cut off from the rest of civilization by near incomprehensible distances.

But I guess it's just going to serve as temporary housing until a sizable amount of people have arrived. Constructing new housing will probably be one of the first top priorities.

As long as the settlers are capable of being psychologically stimulated, there should be little need for worry (apart from food supplies).

The reality show aspect reminds me of the TV movie (meant to be a pilot) Virtuality.

I seriously wonder about this - are they really, REALLY doing this or is is just some kind of a concept or an attention stunt? I really don't know if the technology actually exists to create a Mars colony within 10 years. Doesn't sound very realistic to me, even if they had 3 billions paying viewers.

On the other hand, if it's actually realistically feasible and they indeed succeed, there's little in the way of getting back from Mars if that colony thing doesn't work out that well.

Oh yeah... Is that colony supposed to be complete with... Um, restarting a human race and stuff?

It's pretty cool that there's all this planning to put colonists on Mars, but I don't see what it's going to do for us. Maybe in a few hundred years we'll have a plan B if Earth blows up, but other than that, this sounds like sending people to a new place just because we can.

Daaaah Whoosh:
It's pretty cool that there's all this planning to put colonists on Mars, but I don't see what it's going to do for us. Maybe in a few hundred years we'll have a plan B if Earth blows up, but other than that, this sounds like sending people to a new place just because we can.

Basically, yes. We didn't go to the moon to mine its resources, and we didn't climb Everest to set up a research outpost. Sometimes, we just need to do things in order to advance as a species, even if they aren't particularly useful.

Space travel needs a good kick in the pants right now, and this is the sort of thing that will get people interested and hopefully renew people's love of space.

Rabid Toilet:

Daaaah Whoosh:
It's pretty cool that there's all this planning to put colonists on Mars, but I don't see what it's going to do for us. Maybe in a few hundred years we'll have a plan B if Earth blows up, but other than that, this sounds like sending people to a new place just because we can.

Basically, yes. We didn't go to the moon to mine its resources, and we didn't climb Everest to set up a research outpost. Sometimes, we just need to do things in order to advance as a species, even if they aren't particularly useful.

Space travel needs a good kick in the pants right now, and this is the sort of thing that will get people interested and hopefully renew people's love of space.

That actually reminds me, why don't we just put colonists on the moon first? It seems like a similar concept, and it's probably got a better chance for a return trip.

Daaaah Whoosh:

That actually reminds me, why don't we just put colonists on the moon first? It seems like a similar concept, and it's probably got a better chance for a return trip.

Probably because we've already been to the moon, and there's not much benefit to living there. I imagine the reason we're going to colonize Mars instead of just visiting it is because we don't actually have a way to get people back after we send them.

Sooo let me get straight

3 years for getting into pharmacology (with additional education in genetics)
+2 years to major it
+3 years to doctorate
Maintaining myself at peak condition at all time
Working for additional year on my own project (I have something special on my mind)
And being 34 at the time of launch

All this to participate in glorified reality show?
That most probably will be cancelled after first season.
Thank you, but I think I'll contact NASA first

I'm just afraid that someone might snap and hurt or kill somebody else. It's not like people can call the cops on them....

While this would be a very interesting experience, I don't want it to be the only experience of my life. And I hate reality shows.

I don't know if it's all people think it's cracked up to be, spending the rest of your life with shitty internet connection doing backbreaking work with the same people constantly having to fear malfunction of the life support sysem.
I'd be surprised if they all make it over alive to begin with, let alone the years after on Mars.
Having said that I'd love to go on such a grand adventure, even if it'll be really boring most of the time.

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In ten years you say?

Interesting...

huh, looks like moviebob was right.

whatever, i can deal with it being a reality show. and this actually makes me (a little) proud to be Dutch. We'll be the people who got humans on friggin' MARS! How cool is that? What have YOU been doing lately, Germany?

Sounds interesting, I was tempted to go until they said the whole thing about most likely never returning to Earth. Especially with only seeing new people every 2 years, plus I'm a bit claustrophobic, which wouldn't help much.

As what others said, I was tempted until I saw the "one way trip" thing. I don't even care about the reality TV show thing. I would love to go, but not for the rest of my life. Maybe for 3/4 years or something. Also, no internet connection. That would be a real bummer. 40 minutes round trip to open a webpage.

So 2023 for the landing of the first mission. Then 2024 for the second to come investigate what happened to the first.

So wait.. The folks that were in the test rig in syberia for over a year got all depressed and stuff.
And that was just a test and they knew they were still on earth and they would get out.

So keep the depressed part but remove the rest.
Why do I have the feeling we are gonna be watching 4 people getting more depressed and probably killing themselfs or each other before the second wave is even launched?

Also think of the impact of living 2 years with the same people in a very closed environment and then suddenly add 4 new people.
Fun stuff to watch for psychology students.

Thunderous Cacophony:
Sounds good, except for the "reality show" part

Remember when NASA scrubbed a launch on the Simpsons due to low ratings? I guess it's a real fear now.

2clueless:
Little concerned about the big brother aspect and how it might affect the whole procedure, but still..

At least they can't vote you off the planet.

...Can they?

LordMithril:
So wait.. The folks that were in the test rig in syberia for over a year got all depressed and stuff.
And that was just a test and they knew they were still on earth and they would get out.

So keep the depressed part but remove the rest.
Why do I have the feeling we are gonna be watching 4 people getting more depressed and probably killing themselfs or each other before the second wave is even launched?

Also think of the impact of living 2 years with the same people in a very closed environment and then suddenly add 4 new people.
Fun stuff to watch for psychology students.

Turns out Mars One is an elaborate troll. They get off and the surface of Mars will look like the trollface image.

This looks mental... on so many levels... I um...

Ok as above people going crazy alone on a planet for rest of there lives? Law enforcement? Procreation? Healthcare? Rescue? What do they do there? (Mining? Farming? Reserching?) this is deep and complex and mental all at once and corporate run... no one or group of nations involved. So... perfectly fine then nothing evil ever involved corperations...

Will keep an eye on this but i'll pass on joining up just yet kinda of like going for walks without a space suit on and red ain't my favorite colour.

JonB:

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Mars One is a non-profit organization that intends to fund their mars colony by making their entire operation a reality show. Every aspect of the mission, from launch to landing and living on mars, will be a televised and interactive broadcast. It has not been announced when the selection campaign will begin, but Mars One has said "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."

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I see what they're doing. They're finally trying to shuttle people who want to be on reality shows off planet.

if nasa had done this first and gary bucey was one of the participants this could very well fund their budget
personally i'd like to hear what the salary is like. back breaking labor. high degree of education. peak physical and mental conditions. high risk of death and likely no return home that should be a multi million dollar pay day and i worry about anyone "sane" enough to take up the offer

I'd love to live on Mars. But I'm also sure I don't want to be one of the early settlers there. If history has told us anything about early settlers of new frontiers, it's that the casualty rate is pretty damn high.

The more i look into this the more it loosk like a scam. the support is shady, money coming from "Astronauts reality show" and uninterrupted supply form earth in unstable climate.
no, this wont work. it would be nice if it did, but it wont.

I hope you guys realize that the gravity on mars would cause great harm to your body over time.

Since artificial gravity doesn't exist, I can only imagine what kind of health problems would arise from being off the earth for that long.

Terraforming mars is a hopeless task. Without a sufficient magnetic field, the atmosphere will continue to be lost to solar winds etc over time.

Don't get me wrong, the idea of being on another planet is certainly very exciting, but realistically we need to accept the fact that saving the earth is our primary short term and medium term goal.

Just another thing, look up sex and reproduction in space.

You cannot have a proper colony without being able to have a self-sustaining population. Animals born in space do not develop properly.

There was a study on rats that showed even when space born rats reproduced on earth, their offspring did not come out normal (and not in a cool xmen way).

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