Mars One invites school pupils to design first mission
The first private spacecraft to land on Mars will carry experiments designed by students and school pupils, the firm behind the project has said.
Mars One plans to send a robot lander similar to Nasa’s Phoenix to test water purification and solar power modules.
The Dutch-led firm hopes to establish a human settlement on Martian soil in 2025, by offering one-way tickets.
A satellite to relay live TV pictures, built by UK firm SSTL, will also be sent in the 2018 demonstration mission.
The launch date has slipped two years later than originally announced, meaning the first colonists’ arrival will also be delayed – 2025 is the new target.
Mars One is a non-profit organization that plans to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2025. The private spaceflight project is led by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, who announced plans for the Mars One mission in May 2012.
Mars One claims that in 2024, four carefully selected applicants will then be launched in a Mars-bound spaceflight to become the first residents on Mars, and that every step of the crew’s journey will be documented for a reality television program that will broadcast 24/7/365.
The organization has mapped out the next several years in order to highlight major plans and goals for the mission. January 2018 will mark the start of the Mars One colonization effort when a supply mission, carrying 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb) in spare parts, solar panels, and other necessary supplies, will be launched and scheduled to land in 2018.
In 2020, a settlement rover will explore the terrain of Mars in search of the ideal location for humans to reside. In 2022, the rovers will prepare to assemble the landing of six separate units to sustain human life. Two living units, two life support units, another supply unit, and a third rover will all arrive in this year. By 2024, the first Mars One team, consisting of four carefully selected applicants, will be launched where they will become the first expected residents of the Red Planet in 2025. By 2026, a new four-person Mars One crew will be sent for residency. The organization’s goal is to send four-person spaceflights to the Red Planet every two years after the successful landing of the initial crew.
The project is endorsed by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Gerard ‘t Hooft.
they are advertising for people to go to mars..how about conquering the moon correctly before you say you can get people to mars..no human has been higher than 410kms off the earth crust since the “miraculous” apollo missions over 40 years ago..please explain how they are going to get to mars..they plan to land there in 10 year ready to live as martians..