I don’t know what your long range goals include, but I’d venture a guess that helping to build a human settlement on Mars isn’t at the top of your 20 year plan. That’s okay. Even if it isn’t part of your goal, it’s a part of the Mars One Foundation’s goal. Actually, it’s pretty much their only goal. By the year 2025, they hope to establish the first human settlement on the red planet. Don’t worry – they have a fairly precise plan as to how all of it is going to work. Since no one has ever been to Mars before, though, there is obviously a lot of ground (space?) work that has to happen before the first human can step foot there. That’s where the Mars One Foundation’s Kickstarter page comes in. And that’s also where they’re asking you to come in and partner with them in their endeavor.
You Can Help Send Humans To Mars…Forever!
Mars One plans to send an unmanned lander and communications satellite to Mars in 2018. The lander will be built by Lockheed Martin, which has a very good history of helping to build equipment for NASA for use in other Mars missions. The satellite will transmit live video from Mars to Earth. According to their Kickstarter page, the first landing crew will actually land for good in 2025, but earlier missions will help to build a base that is completely habitable for humans. After the first crew successfully lands, additional settlers will land on Mars every 2 years.
Obviously, this is not just a quick trip for those who are planning to settle on Mars. No, those who plan to go plan to be in it for the long haul. If the Mars One mission is successful (and who knows whether it will be or not), it could theoretically pave the way for humans to establish life on other planets in the distant future.
What do you think? Is this just another waste of time and money?