Mars One, a project vying to create the first human colony on Mars, has received more than 100,000 applications for the one-way trip to the red planet.
It’s an extremely ambitious and costly venture (estimated at $6B for the first four-person mission) and if all goes according to plan, the first launch will come in September 2022, with a landing in April 2023.
Despite tremendous hurdles and unknowns, more than 30,000 Americans have already paid the $38 fee to apply for one of 40 spots in the multi continental group.
“There is also a very large number of people who are still working on their profile, so either they have decided not to pay the application fee, or they are still making their video or they’re still filling out the questionnaire or their resume,” Bas Lansdorp, Mars One CEO and co-founder. “So the people that you can see online are only the ones that have finished and who have set their profiles as public.”
Of course, it’s not just the scenery that will change for these Mars colonists, but also their diets. Vegetables will be the focus – with the participating astronauts growing their own food both during the trip to the red planet and once settled. From the Mars One site:
“Mars One will make use of high efficiency plant growing methods that require much less space (e.g. PlantLab). Food production will be hydroponic, eliminating the need for soil. Food production will happen indoor, lighted by LED lighting. By providing the plants with only the frequencies of light that they use most efficiently, power consumption is limited. Some of the plants will be grown in multiple levels on top of each other, limiting space requirements.
“There will be sufficient plant production capacity to feed about three crews of four. Any plant production surplus will be stored as emergency rations for the second crew, and for other emergencies. Non-edible parts of the plants will be recycled, or will be stored until more advanced recycling equipment is shipped from Earth.”
Interested in a one-way adventure? Check out the official website here – or watch the promo trailer for the project below.