ONE-WAY TRIP TO MARS IN 2023

May 6 • Destinations • 804 Views • Comments Off on ONE-WAY TRIP TO MARS IN 2023

A chance to become part of the first-ever mission to Mars has attracted thousands of applicants from more than 100 countries

Mars One, a Dutch company putting the ambitious plan together, intends to send four astronauts to the Red Planet by 2023. The goal is to establish a permanent human colony, which would grow with the arrival of four additional astronauts every two years.

About 10,000 people from all over the globe have applied to join the mission. Their ages range from 18 to 62, and while women are among them, the majority is male. A total of 24 astronauts are being sought for the first six missions.

Officials with Mars One have made it clear that the seven-month journey is strictly one-way: Due to the difficulties of traveling so far through space and the lasting effects of being on Mars, the mission would not include a way to return home to Earth.

Instead, the astronauts would be expected to set up a permanent home on Mars, whose gravity is 38% of Earth’s gravity. Living in such an environment would cause significant physiological changes to the astronauts, impacting everything from bone density to circulation. As a result, the first humans to step onto Mars would not be able to survive back on Earth, if they could return.

What drives so many people to want to take the journey? “A one-way ticket does scare me but not enough to dissuade me,” wrote applicant Alison Rigby, a 32-year-old lab technician. “Successfully living on Mars will be the single greatest achievement of my life and so I am glad to put aside my concerns in the hope of something better….My natural curiosity is what drives me.”

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