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Mars One

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Anya Wed 18-Feb-15 09:20:33

Has anyone heard about this? It's a plan to set up a colony on Mars in the coming years. Thousands have volunteered for this one way ticket, as there are no plans to bring them back, and 100 have been shortlisted including five from the UK.

MIT have suggested the average time they can survive is 69 days. The plan is to send a group of four out every two years for six years. Saw two youngsters interviewed on local TV last night who are on the UK short list.

Talk about bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! They hadn't a clue what they were letting themselves in for.

soontobe Wed 18-Feb-15 09:43:47

How young were the youngsters?

rockgran Wed 18-Feb-15 09:47:08

I think colonising another planet may be the only hope for this one! We have always wanted adventure (as a species). Think how little the early sailors knew when they set off around the world - if it was round or flat!

Anya Wed 18-Feb-15 09:50:59

They were unjversity students S2B - early 20s. One was studying Astrophysics.

soontobe Wed 18-Feb-15 09:52:44

The costs of colonisation would be out of this world!

soontobe Wed 18-Feb-15 09:54:29

Oh ok, they are old enough to make their own decisions.
I agree though, no clue.

soontobe Wed 18-Feb-15 09:55:08

Some people dont feel loved, and might go for this idea.

Anya Wed 18-Feb-15 09:55:53

There's no viable atmosphere on Mars. So they cannot go outside unless wearing some kind of breathing apparatus. They cannot grow crops. Everything will have to be imported. Waste and water and the air the breath recycled.

What is the system breaks down? How many spare parts do they store? If they get ill? Get pregnant?

Early explorers had the possibility of finding somewhere to land, to live, to make a home. This isn't the same except for the acceptance of failure.

Anya Wed 18-Feb-15 09:57:07

Imagine being stuck for ever on a rock in space with three other unloved people!!

Anya Wed 18-Feb-15 09:58:05

And if funding was cut?

Soutra Wed 18-Feb-15 10:01:50

Sounds like another novel (and a depressing one at that), OK I have no spirit of adventure [sigh]

soontobe Wed 18-Feb-15 10:15:06

It reminds me of lab monkeys. They just last a bit longer.

I should imagine that there would be people who would do it though.

But what would happen if they wanted to pull out at say 51 days?
Human Rights would have a field day.
But would they still be bound by earth legalities?
Would they have signed away all earth rights?
Can that be done?
Could they claim that they didnt know properly what they were letting themselves in for?

soontobe Wed 18-Feb-15 10:15:34

Is this real Anya hmm

Anya Wed 18-Feb-15 10:45:18

Apparently so, read this from one of our respectable nstionals S2B

I agree it is unbelievable

janerowena Wed 18-Feb-15 11:22:26

DBH keeps up with all this sort of stuff, being a science geek. He would have applied as a student, if given the chance. And they can't use monkeys anymore - the outcry against it would be greater for monkeys or dogs than it would be for uni students!

soontobe Wed 18-Feb-15 13:10:37

I have read a little about it now.

It is not due to happen until 2025.
So I expect it will all get quietly dropped around 2018.

Ana Wed 18-Feb-15 13:30:40

So the students will all be in their thirties by then, possibly married with a mortgage and children...confused

soontobe Wed 18-Feb-15 14:10:05

One of them says "I believe there is more to life than marriage and babies". She is 27, and thinks that with advanced communication, and occasional trips to earth , and 10 years training, she will adapt to life without much family links.

There is going to be an Endemol [aka Big Brother] proframme next year.

Considering that the contestants on there struggle to go without family for 3 weeks..

All silly.

In my opinion, I think that the only way really for people to go, would be to use people who are permanently unhappy.

KatyK Wed 18-Feb-15 18:23:02

Are they looking for nominations? I know of a few people who I would like to send to Mars at the moment. blush Sorry!

pompa Wed 18-Feb-15 18:29:33

I think they should select, estate agents, hairdressers, dental hygienists, traffic wardens, no fee solicitors etc. as the lead party.

soontobe Wed 18-Feb-15 18:34:54

hairdressers? What have they ever done to you!

pompa Wed 18-Feb-15 18:46:26

Nothing, but being bald, they are surplus to requirements.

Anya Wed 18-Feb-15 18:47:30

Perhaps they refused to 'service' his comb over?

Anya Wed 18-Feb-15 18:47:58

Xd posts

pompa Wed 18-Feb-15 18:59:53

This was based on a scenario in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Part 3: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

"The telephone sanitizers in the ship's hold aren't dead, the Captain explains; they're sleeping. The ship is full of millions of hairdressers, tired TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, management consultants, etc. "We're going to colonize another planet."