It seems you can’t escape reality television even if you decide to take a one-way trip to Mars.
A Dutch company called Mars One began their search on Monday for volunteer astronauts to fly to the lonely, Red Planet and never return. The scheduled mission is planned for 2022 with the intention of sending these colonists over in hopes of creating a new reality TV show. So far, over 10,000 people from all over the world have signed up and that number continues to rise.
In 10 years, Mars One will send the first group of astronauts over on this journey, which is estimated to take seven months. After that, every two years new groups will make their so-called pilgrimage. The project has received large amounts of skepticism, with many experts expressing doubts of the mission’s success. Of course, there are reasons for their cynicism, such as the fact that every single volunteer can never come back to earth, there is a lack of food and water on the planet, the atmosphere consists mainly of carbon dioxide, radiation exposure, and dealing with a temperature of -55 degrees Celsius. Not to mention the staggering cost of transporting just one crew of human settlers.
To put the cost into perspective for you, when NASA sent the Curiosity rover to Mars it cost them $2.5 billion. CNN reported that Mars One’s missions are expected to fall somewhere close to $56 billion. Where are they going to get that kind of dough? Certainly not from tax payers hard-earned money. Two words: reality television. According to company founder Bas Landsdorp, everyone on Earth will want to see the historic arrival of humans on Mars and will continue to tune in every day to see how they’re fairing on the Red Planet.
“It sounds like a lot of money. And actually it is a lot of money. But imagine what will happen when the first people land on Mars. Literally everybody on the globe will want to see it,” Landsdorp said at a recent news conference in New York. “We will certainly not send couples,” Lansdorp said.
Despite these drawbacks, Mars One has countless followers, including world-renowned physicist and Nobel Prize winner Gerard’t Hooft and major aerospace companies around the world. Hooft believes this original reality show will beat Big Brother’s ratings by a long shot. And the best part is that there will be no political or government organization involved in the project.
They are currently seeking to build six groups of four people each, with key attributes such as resiliency, adaptability, creative input and empathy. Other requirements include great survival skills, good health, minimum age of 18 and an excellent grasp of the English language.
Many have had questions about the ethical aspect of sending people on a one-way trip to Mars, but the company’s representatives disclosed they are within moral guidelines.
As maintained by Mars One, they plan to create the biggest media event in history; allowing the entire world to watch the preparations for the departure, the incredibly long voyage and hopefully the lives of the colonists on Mars.
Beginning in 2016, they will launch a communications satellite and a supply mission to the planet. Two years later, a planetary rover will be sent to scout the planet for the most ideal location for the settlement. Then come the life support and living units, which will support human life.
Once the colony is fully operational, the first crew will depart our planet – to never, ever return.
This is “the next giant leap for mankind” Landsdorp said confidently.
Bearing in mind that no human has ever traveled as far as Mars – come to think of it, no one has even walked on the moon since 1972 – would you want to leave earth for good? If so, the deadline for the first round of online applications is August 31, but there is an application fee — $38 for U.S. applicants.
We’re sure there are many people out there who maybe wouldn’t want to go themselves, but would love to send someone away to the distant planet.More Like This: News, Travel