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Sunday, June 03, 2012

Mars or Bust!

Kurzweil News - June 3, 2012

(Photo Credit: Mars One)

Help wanted: astronaut. Must be willing to relocate to Mars — permanently. Hire date: 2013. Benefits: make history, start new planetary civilization, star in reality TV show. Apply to: Mars One. 

Netherlands-based Mars One hopes to establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. It has created a technical plan for this ambitious mission that is “as simple as possible” and says it has identified potential suppliers, such as SpaceX, for every component of the mission.

Mars One plans to fund the mission by making it a reality TV show, in the “biggest media spectacle in history” with help from Mars One ambassador Paul Römer, co-creator of the globally successful Big Brother reality TV show (a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world). Everyone will get to watch the astronauts make their journey, and also choose which candidate gets to go (as in the Big Brother show).

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