Mars Exploration Project – Mars One

Mars one has a plan for Mars in 2023, that will help establish the first human settlement on the planet. The crew is aware of the difficulties involved with sending spacecraft to Mars. There have been seven missions to Mars with only one of them failing. That places the success rate to around 86%. They are slowly preparing for the big day in 2023.

In 2016, supplies will be transported to Mars and delivered by a controlled lander. If everything goes well by 2018, seven more cargo missions will follow suit. Each mission will provide an idea whether this project will succeed or not. The only way the crew will be sent to Mars is if each of the missions is successful.

A livable dwelling is waiting for the settlers once they land. If this plan succeeds, it will help support the crew during their daily activities for the rest of their lives. Two years after the initial launch, they will send additional crew members to help keep the community growing. Every astronaut will go through ten years of training before they’re sent to Mars. These tests will help show if the crew member can handle the isolation, living in close quarters, and placed in simulation bases.



Artist impression of satellite over Mars

At this time, funding is one of the biggest hurdles that Mars one faces at this time. If there is enough talk about the project and that talk spreads to people all over the world, other companies will want to get involved and agree to help with funding.

The journey itself will take around 7 months. The crew will be in tight quarters and have a strict living structure. For instance, they will not be able to shower but can use things like baby wipes to fresh up. Once the astronaut is on Mars, they will be able to move around more freely and can enjoy their normal activities.

Mars one is not the only group that is trying to send people to Mars. There are currently three other companies trying to accomplish the same vision. It would seem the race is on for the moon and mars – it should be an interesting future.

The astronauts will be able to communicate back to Earth. But they expect delays from 3 to 22 minutes in message transmission which will take communication back to the telegraph days. The problem is, if they do send a “Houston, we have a problem”, it may take some time for Houston to be informed and there isn’t much they can do about it – they will be true pioneers.