Do you feel like you’ve looked for a job everywhere on earth without any luck? Don’t worry there’s still hope… on Mars. A Dutch upstart called Mars-One is launching a project to colonize the red planet in April 2023. That’s a full decade before NASA is intending to turn up on our neighbor in the solar system.
The earlier arrival can be contributed to two major factors. Mars-One will be financed without relying on assistance from the government or traditional private venture funding and after settling on Mars the colonists will not return to Earth.
At first the idea itself sounds unbelievable. The last trip humans took to the moon was 40 years ago in 1972 and some people don’t even believe that happened. Mars-One seems to have covered their bases however and has the right blend of physicists, engineers, and media to get the job done.
Nobel prize winner professor Dr. Gerard 't Hooft supports the project saying, "Mars One is an extraordinarily daring initiative by people with vision and imagination. This project seems to me to be the only way to fulfill dreams of mankind’s expansion into space."
On top of all the brains, they also have signed letters of sponsorship from major aerospace companies around the world to supply the brawn. Companies like ILC Dover, MDA Corporation, Paragon Space Development, etc. will plan and provide the hardware and software required to succeed in their mission.
According to a statement by ILC Dover, "The Mars One Mission is a bold and exciting step for the future of human exploration beyond earth. Mars One has put together a supplier team with the right level of experience and proven space flight technologies that can make this mission a success. ILC Dover is excited to be a part of this grand adventure!"
Now, it’s just a matter of money and footing the projected $6 billion price tag on the project. Mars-One says no problem. They are orchestrating what could possibly the largest media event on Earth ever because the mission isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey and capturing every detail on video and streaming it to the universe.
It’s basically the most extreme reality show ever. Starting now they will engage interest with the selection, training, and preparation for the one way trip to a far away planet. Project co-founder and physicist Arno A. Wielders explains, “The main reasons for participating in Mars One are the need to make mankind a multi-planet species and because it is the most exciting project ever to be undertaken by humans.”
While only four people every 2 years will be shuttled to space never to return, the project will create a plethora of jobs here on Earth if it works. Architects, artists, engineers, physicists, psychologists, personal trainers, camera crews are just a few jobs that will open up with this endeavor.