Wanna go live on Mars? Better get in line!

Wanted: Brave earthlings willing to take a one-way trip to the Red Planet

When: Take-off is scheduled for 2025

Requirements: No Earth-bound emotional connections that might interfere with the move to outer space; an openness to living basically only on water (assuming water is found on Mars) and whatever food scraps can occasionally be delivered from Earth; a willingness to take part in the most spectacular reality-TV show the Universe (as we know it) has ever seen, with cameras hung from balloons high above the planet’s surface, watching your every move.

Where to apply: You can join the 200,000 other prospective space travelers who have already paid fees of as much as $75 per application to the Mars One foundation, the Dutch company which announced this week that it’s moving ahead with contracts to first build an unmanned spacecraft, whose 2018 mission to Mars will be followed a few years by the first group of four Earthlings making the big move out of town.

Waaaaaay out of town.


The idea is that the space pioneers would basically colonize Mars, settling in for the long haul since there is currently no launchpad up there to get them back to Earth.

As reported by The Guardian, Mars One “has lined up two major companies to work on a robotic mission to the planet. Slated for launch in 2018, the Mars One mission aims to pave the way for the volunteer crew by testing technology they will need should they reach the red planet in good enough shape to start the first human space colony.”

And the companies Mars One is working with are no slouches in the field of high-altitude extravaganzas:

The US aerospace company, Lockheed Martin, which has worked on scores of NASA missions, has agreed to draw up plans for a lander based on the US space agency’s Phoenix probe that touched down on Mars in 2008.

And CNN reports that  Mars One has a deal in place to put together “a robotic lander and a communications satellite. Lockheed Martin has been contracted to study building the lander, and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. will develop a concept study for the satellite, Mars One said.

This first mission will demonstrate technology that would be involved in a permanent human settlement on Mars. If all goes well — and that’s still very much an “if” — the first pioneers could land on Mars in 2025.


Credit: NASA


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  • Dan

    I’m only going if I can take my guns….Wayne La Pierre

    • billsimpson

      After a few months in a tiny, stinking spaceship , you’ll need them.

  • Obeijin .

    You don’t need a launch pad for a return trip. We did it more than once on the moon.

  • CJR

    The survival rate of first-time colonists to new, undeveloped areas ON EARTH is under 50%.
    In space, with no friendly natives, few (if any) exploitable resources, and NO AIR, I expect it to be a lot lower.

    • KaptKos

      The natives on Mars are hostile and hidden underground. I know; I’m collecting rent from them at wwwDOT RentalPropertyOnMars DOTcom

    • michael johnson

      True CJR, but the first-time earth colonists didn’t have the technology we have, didn’t send food and shelter ahead of them, and didn’t have communications back to their point of origin to stay in touch. Given those points, the survivability rate probably rises. On the other hand, half of the current missions to Mars fail…some spectacularly. But given that this will be a reality show, it’s hard to imagine anyone televising something unless they had a better than good chance of success, when failure is lethal. It’s an interesting idea. So many unknowns though. How will humans who have been used to a mostly civilized society, trees, grass, blue sky, rivers and oceans adapt to living on a lifeless barren desert? These won’t be professional astronauts with a mission plan and work to conduct. They’ll be citizens. What structure will guide their lives? What agreements with their travellers will they have to have? How will the agreements be enforced? What to do when they’re violated? If a human on Mars steals from a fellow colonist, do you try and imprison them? It isn’t the usual space mission with technological issues to figure out. It’s transplanting a new culture and society. We don’t tend to do that very well.

      • Sabrina Surovec

        On the contrary, they will be professional astronauts by the time they leave for Mars. Applicants begin extensive training as of 2015. With a launch in 2025, (or 2024, according to the actual website rather than this completely failed piece of un-researched sensationalism) they will have plenty of time to become adjusted and develop plans for the kind of society they want to build. Applicants will begin training by living with the same 4 people for years and years before selection — if theft, murder, arguments, whatever haven’t happened by then…

        • michael johnson

          All very good points Sabrina. Hopefully their pre-departure training will include not only how to survive in space but how to maintain a civil culture once they arrive. They’re going to be living in extreme conditions though. It won’t be like they can get away from discord by walking down the street to Starbucks to cool off. They’re going to be confined with others, able to get along or not. Hopefully they’ll figure it out.

          • Sabrina Surovec

            Of course. Psychological, sociological, and conflict resolution training is as much a part of the mission statement as exploration. At least, at the beginning there will be relatively few people (only 4 per yearly launch), and I imagine the first several groups will be so focused on work and basic survival that there won’t be much time for society building, as such.

          • michael johnson

            True. They’ll be busy setting everything up, working on survival, which in itself has a way of uniting people, so hopefully having a common goal will keep everyone compatible. Enjoyed the exchange very much.

  • Peter789

    I like the idea and the concept. But, this won’t work. They can and should build the habitat first robotically as much as they can before they send people there. That would be many un-manned trips out there with supplies and whatnot landing on the planet, then a few years assembling it. So far, just one test robot is a nice start, but they have a heck of alot of work to do.

    • Sabrina Surovec

      That’s exactly what’s happening. Everything will be pre-assembled as much as possible before the human crew lands.

  • Ronald

    why would you need a launch pad to return if you were never coming back?….. Just saying. I mean it is a “One way trip”

  • KaptKos

    You’ll need someplace to stay/live so get your rental property / timeshares from me:

    wwwDOT RentalPropertyOnMars DOTcom

  • Ray

    What happens if one of them is seriously injured or sick? I don’t think Obamacare will cover either of those cases…….

    • S C

      Same thing that happened to pioneers and explorers in the past. Their was no ER on a sailing ships in the 1600’s or in Plymouth. At least they will have equipment, medicines, and some trained for medical care so better off than pioneers 100’s of years ago. Its a risk, but they accept that when they go.

  • MarsX

    I’m so excited. I have always been dreaming to see such events. I can’t believe it’s really happening.

  • JasonTodd

    Is there gonna be WiFi on Mars

    • S C

      Why not? Sure no restrictions on wavelengths or channels to use.

    • Sabrina Surovec

      Yes, actually. One of the mission goals is to utilize Skype and other wireless transmissions for communication, as well as setting up a Martian “Internet”. The only problem is that transmissions would be delayed by about 10 minutes at Mars’ closest approach to earth, and about 33 minutes at its farthest.

  • AllahBlessAmerica

    “Brave?” I say “foolhardy.”

    • S C

      Likely as this expands they could be founders of a new world. Cities and schools and landmarks named after them, considered founding father and mothers. They may be remembered for thousands of years while you will be forgotten within a decade or two when you pass!! Its the “foolhardy” that advance humanity, not those who play it safe and do nothing.

      • AllahBlessAmerica

        Sure but at what cost cuz “we can’t take it with us,” nor will Mars ever be a “new world.” No fresh air, no breezes, beaches, swimming, hiking, any outdoor activities, no pets, either very little or no fresh fruits and vegetables, no driving, little to no privacy for 30 years, no cooking?, no traveling to other cities, no kids & grandkids (except perhaps via skype) possible isolation for 10 years for the last one standing, etc., etc., Suffice it
        to say that, just as the type of person who’d make a great priest or
        politician are the ones least interested in the job, so too for the type
        person best suited to go to Mars.

        • reggie brennan

          Technology has spoiled you. Our forefathers experienced that before. No cars, etc…over time we will adapt and create a base that will be enclosed until maybe we can reverse the ecosystem. All things are possible. Don’t want to wait to die to find out the universe is bursting with life and that maybe God was an explorer.

  • S C

    To bad gov’t can’t do things like this. We could easily afford a constant colony on Mars if not cost of return. Would grow and grow each year with more equipment and gradually start growing food and mining and processing towards eventual independence from Earth.

    • Sabrina Surovec

      I wouldn’t want the gov’t to have anything to do with it.

  • Sabrina Surovec

    Did you research the Mars One mission at all before writing this article? First of all, applications are closed. Secondly, food will be grown hydroponically, and water will be recycled (though the aim is to find a source of it on the planet as well). Third, yes you will be on camera, but hung from balloons? Where did you even get that? And fourth, the application fee was $35, not $75. This is what passes for journalism these days?

  • AllahBlessAmerica

    They should allow them to bring a cat.

  • Article after article now about inhabiting other worlds… here’s the other right on yahoo front page with this one:
    Exoplanet Habitable Zone Around Sunlike Stars Bigger Than Thought
    People, we are being conditioned. We are all gonna think we are going to leave our collapsing planet, but in reality, if at all, only a few elites will go, after the masses build their infrastructure and vehicles.

  • Jeffrey Castillo

    I hope ROBINSON Caruso(adventurer), you meet your good MAN Friday(indigenous population in the study of anthropology) on the planet M A R S , iff=if, and only if, you want to survive there, AND no, it is not a peloponeasian island, as in THE HARD -COVER-VERSION OF THE BOOK. the polident(denture adhesive)super grip Female Sexual Type rEpReSeNaTiVe.

  • Jonathan Kim

    Once you get there, you must dig. Dig a vast cavern the size of a football stadium and then create an atmosphere. This cavern will shield the members from Radiation and harsh unexpected weather. If this can be accomplished, the success for a human colonization on Mars is definitely doable. DIG!

  • irunner

    My name is Valentine Michael Smith. I just want to go home! You grok?

  • billsimpson

    Better practice living inside your bathroom for a few months before you volunteer. That is what living on Mars will be like. You can’t go outside without a spacesuit. And those will ALL be reserved for emergency work, or for use by highly qualified scientists.

  • Derek4Dolphins

    The cost of a space suite right now is just under 1/2 million dollars. That is without the support equipment to service and recharge it’s systems. The atmosphere on Mars would cause your blood to boil in seconds. Not because of temperature, but pressure. There is NO O2, H2O is going to be frozen as hard as iron. You’ll need fuel and a lot of it… Mars is notably absent of natural fuels such as wood or coal. The only thing they will see of you will be the top of whatever small habitat (picture one of the space station modules, ONE OF THEM)… because leaving the habitat to go outside for anything other then a major repair or high end science will be strictly regulated. You will die, you’ll die lonely, far from your home, on a barren and lifeless frozen world of dust and sand. Things go wrong… they always go wrong…. No one will come to save you… You will have died a fools death. At LEAST those who traveled oceans or across continents knew water or trees would be there… they at LEAST knew there would be air to breath… or fish to catch. On Mars… There will be nothing. Not until the major space faring Nations make it so. A puny, “For Profit” game show mission is a suicide mission.

  • Ashley James

    Im getting in line for this, there is also a fresh water lake on mars, who knew that


  • David Lee Gardner

    Mars is a long dead planet with cold temperatures, little atmospheric pressure and almost no atmosphere. It has lost it’s magnetic field. It is a hostile desert and extremely dangerous. It would be extremely expensive to live there and if your environment failed, it would be a death for anyone there. Stupidity reigns for anyone thinking that it is a viable idea to live on Mars.