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.
Here’s the Mission Schedule
2013: Crowdsourced selection of first four astronauts; a replica of the Mars settlement built in the desert to help the astronauts prepare and train, and to test the equipment — all carried on TV.
2014: Production of the first Mars communication satellite.
2016: Supply mission launched for Mars — to land October 2016 with its cargo: 2500 kilograms of food.
2018: Robotic exploration vehicle lands on Mars to pick best location for the settlement.
2021: . Two living units, two life support units, a second supplies unit and another rover create a habitable settlement.
2022: Liftoff on the future SpaceX Falcon 9 Heavy.
2023: Landing on a lander built by SpaceX, likely a special variant of the Dragon capsule.
2025: Second group of four astronauts lands.
“Mars One is an extraordinarily daring initiative by people with vision and imagination,” says Mars One Ambassador and physics Nobel prize winner Gerard ‘t Hooft. “This project seems to me to be the only way to fulfill dreams of mankind’s expansion into space.”
The Daily Galaxy via Mars One Project
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