Sounds like a job for the Special Projects Bureau
Mars One will be actually sending something to the Red Planet in the next three years, according to co-founder Bas Lansdorp. Mars One, credit Mars One The foundation, which has the ambitious goal of setting up a human settlement on Mars in 2023 despite not having any spacefaring experience so far, is aiming to send up an …
Because the main mission simply won't happen. They've got to come up with some new slightly more credible story to delay the inevitable day when the gullible media types endlessly reporting this pipe dream realise that it is all smoke and mirrors.
This is self-serving publicity tripe of the highest order. It isn't worth spending a second more even considering.
To that end, that is all.
I wonder what the locals said when people said they were going to sail to the other side of the world
I think even if it's a scam, it's putting hopes and ideas into peoples minds, and it's actually getting people to realize that people can talk freely about the idea without ridicule.
Every single word and conversation about this gets us one step closer, think about it and you'll understand one day.
It's not like we spend our money on anything important other than consuming resources or selfishly indulging ourselves to our deaths.
>>I wonder what the locals said when people said they were going to sail to the other side of the world
Something along the lines of "These ships work really well, if you've gone through half your resources without finding anything, come back"?
>>I think even if it's a scam, it's putting hopes and ideas into peoples minds, and it's actually getting people to realize that people can talk freely about the idea without ridicule.
Nope, it's a ridiculous leap of faith, when you can't keep the ISS in LEO without 18 hours of maintenance a day, you *know* the tech isn't up to it yet, perhaps better (more) space stations, something outside of LEO (Lagrange perhaps?), a moonbase that you can actually leave and come back from?
>>Every single word and conversation about this gets us one step closer, think about it and you'll understand one day.
Absolutely! but sometimes that conversation has to be "This is a shit idea, lets do some walking before we can run", at some point when we're quite good at walking then running will be on the menu.
>>It's not like we spend our money on anything important other than consuming resources or selfishly indulging ourselves to our deaths.
Well, we in the privileged west might, and we have money to spunk on stupid things, if we put all our money into a manned mission to Mars we'd currently have a bunch of dead astronauts and no rovers.
The Chinese plan to go to the Moon, is great, *nobody* has the tech to get a human on the moon yet/anymore and they are planning a base, imagine what they're going to learn, and imagine how applicable that is going to be to a Mars mission.
Some years ago JPL were looking at ways to increase the number of probes they could sent out. Mars is a regular target and like all targets outside LEO needs a fair bit of delta v. Serious delta v means a)lots of clever orbital slingshots or b)Big rocket or c) Both (if the payload is big).
That said they were looking at packages that could fit on the secondary payload adaptors of the EELV, up to 6 100Kg packages IIRC, and something similar with Ariane 5.
The worked out that yes it is possible for such a package to do the trip, if it hitches a ride on a comm sat payload to GEO.
Doing it in 2 years OTOH......
I really hope they don't choose who they send based on votes, this is a one way trip right?
So I really hope they are sensible and send either 2 long term couples, a polygamous group, or just a higher ratio of woman to men...
Can you imagine sending men & women on this trip who were NOT in a sexual relationship and would not be open to having one?
Well that is a recipe for disaster....
Oy! I want in on this bandwagon, before it's too late.
I plan to send a lander to Alpha Centauri come 2020. It won't get there in 2020. But the plan is to launch it in 2020.
I will need 10 billion pounds to fund this amazing mission, a first for mankind. So if anybody wants to get some stuff up to the stars, talk to me.
I know some governments have been interested in stars in the past, we could accommodate them. Toddlers also like stars - twinkle, twinkle! - so there are lots of parents out there who will be well advised to contribute a nominal donation, say £1000 per toddler, in return for which we will offer their sprogs a slither of immortality by entering their names in our Star Exploration Contributors database, a copy of which will be carried aboard the lander on a radiation-shielded USB dongle, hand-crafted in an exclusive workshop in Shenzhen, China. Entries in the "Premium Star Exploration Contributors Hall of Fame", an exclusive table in the database, will be available to
rich mugsdiscerning philanthropists for £1,000,000 and above. For this you will not only have your name and status up in the stars, forever, but you will get your own copy of the entire database on a gold-plated USB stick, so you can see which of your mates have also contributed. Get in quick, before space runs out: the database we use is a super-secure, NSA and virus proof one-off edition from a leading software house called 'Maocrosoft' in Guangzhou and is specially designed to only hold up to 1 billion records.
To contribute, head to your local Western Union branch...