By Anisha Agarwal
Human Settlement on Mars:
Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish permanent human life on Mars. Mars One’s mission plan includes components that are well tested and readily available from leaders in the industry worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew will inspire future generations. Mars One designed this mission using only existing technology. In 9 years communication satellites, two rovers and many cargo missions will be sent to Mars. When the astronauts leave Earth, they will have a reliable living environment waiting for them.
Astronaut selection and preparation:
The global search began a couple weeks ago for the first humans to set foot on Mars and make it their home for the rest of their life. Out of the 200,000 people that applied, 100 were selected. In an extensive training period, these candidates will learn the skills they will need on Mars and on their journey there. The combined skill set of each astronaut team member will cover, contains a wide variety of disciplines.
One thousand years from now, everyone on Earth will still remember who the first humans on Mars were. These brave 100, will lead a journey into space, where no man has ever gone before.
Going by 2024
Although the Mars one project will be a once in a lifetime opportunity, and also provide useful knowledge for the astronauts back at earth, it will still be hard to go through with the project in time. Lockheed Martin says, “Meeting the 2018 launch date will be tricky”, he admits. “If we cannot make this deadline we are always flexible in moving another two years,” he says.