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Post by falkor » Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:08 pm

Can we afford to return those going to Mars back to Earth? The cost of a return trip would be colossal

Lord Rees, astrophysicist and Astronomer Royal says in yesterday's "Eureka" THE TIMES magazine, that "A Martian base would develop more quickly if those constructing it were content with a one-way ticket. Indeed if the first settlers were asked "Is it worth BILLIONS to bring you home?" not even the most self-regarding could answer "Yes"

So says Lord Rees on page 17 of yesterday's TIMES magazine, do you agree with him?

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Post by TangoOscar31 » Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:36 pm

I'd be all for sending you to Mars Falkor, and hoping you'd not be coming back... :slbi:

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Post by xHx » Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:03 pm

I have a few candidates too!
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Post by TheWanderer » Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:06 am

Could sort out the growing prison population!

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Post by Tricky » Sun Jun 12, 2011 6:42 am

All lifers report to dock 17!! Sounds like a good idea :slbi:

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Post by xHx » Sun Jun 12, 2011 11:15 am

Don't tempt me!!
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Post by falkor » Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:38 pm

Dutch company Mars-One says it's won enough sponsorship money to create a reality TV show which it hopes will in turn fund a manned trip to Mars.
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The company hopes to use robots to build a habitable outpost between 2016 and 2020, and to land the first humans three years later. The project will need only existing technologies, it says.

"Receipt of initial sponsorship marks the next step to humans setting foot on Mars," says Bas Lansdorp, founder and President of Mars-One.

"A little more than a year ago we embarked down this path, calling upon industry experts to share in our bold dream. Today, we have moved from a technical plan into the first stage of funding, giving our dream a foundation in reality."

Self-funded for the prior eighteen months, Mars-One says it's already completed the initial technical development. Late this year and early next, it will fill out its technical and management staff. The new sponsorship funds will be used mainly to finance conceptual design studies provided by aerospace suppliers.

What really sets the project apart from the rest is the way the company hopes to raise the necessary $6 billion it reckons it needs to put the first people on Mars.

It plans to start selecting a 40-strong potential crew next year, and televise the whole procedure. They'll need to be rather more committed than your average Big Brother participant: there are no plans to bring the settlers back.

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Post by falkor » Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:36 pm

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More than 100,000 people want to fly to Mars in 2022 - and never come back
Sponsors and media agencies would pay to broadcast the Mars mission.

'What we want to do is tell the story to the world. When humans go to Mars, when they settle on Mars and build a new Earth, a new planet. This is one of the most exciting things that ever happened, and we want to share the story with the entire world,' Lansdorp said.

Another second group of four will leave two years after the first

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