The editors wish to thank Leah Wilson editor—in-chief and Jessika Rieck production associate at BenBella Books for their hard work and patience throughout the journey this book took from draft to final copy. Thanks are due as well to Bryan Versteeg, the illustrator responsible for all the illustrations and animations on the Mars One website, for the outpost images used in this book. Without their innovation and willingness to push boundaries due to their passion for science and exploration, this book would have remained only in the minds and hearts of those whose words follow.
Because of their vision of what could be, this book exists. Culture and Communication. Yes, he had made an appointment with my secretary to meet me. He had heard about my interest in futuristic applications of science and science fiction.
He, and a few companions, had some rather bold ideas that he wanted to unfold for me, and he wanted to learn how I would react. Usually, they are based on hopelessly ill-informed perceptions of what real science and technology are about, and there is not much I can do for such people other than advise them to learn much more about what professionals have to say regarding the topics they are so thrilled about before bothering me again.
And here was a guy talking about human colonies on the planet Mars. The colonists would travel for approximately seven months from Earth to Mars, four people at a time, and they would stay there, keeping themselves alive as long as they were able, without the slightest glimmering of hope for a safe return home to Earth but ensured of eternal fame in the history of mankind. The date: April 27, Use spacecraft designs that have already been made, scale them up a bit, and test them thoroughly.
Now this, I thought, was entirely unrealistic. In principle, all this was possible. But those numbers? Ten years? Six billion dollars? Building a big particle accelerator already costs more, as do large railway projects, let alone the development of a new military aircraft. But he was sure he had done his calculations correctly. Yes, his estimates were optimistic; if things did not go as planned, it would take longer and cost more, he admitted. We will not depend on government declarations and political hassles.
But when hearing a thing like this, I do not only listen to how it sounds. I also search for grave mistakes and gross misperceptions. Here, these were lacking. It seemed that he had considered all major issues involved. How do people survive for seven months in a spaceship to Mars? How does a spaceship with people in it land on Mars? And, after they have landed, how do you.
How should they communicate with mission control on Earth? How do you protect them against major hazards, such as cosmic radiation and energetic solar bursts, but also more mundane things such as poison and dust? How will the colonists handle numerous threats, such as malfunctioning devices, medical problems, life-threatening shortages of almost any one of their basic needs, and so on? Not only had he considered those concerns, but already plans had been made for assembling the funds needed for the project. His answers were optimistic but not crazy.
Indeed, in principle, one can take care of all major aspects of journeys to Mars. Then something happened that I had not anticipated: I became enthusiastic about his ideas.
If it is at all possible, humans should be enabled to travel to Mars, though I still think that it will take longer, perhaps much longer, than ten years before a manned spaceship can lift off toward Mars, and that the cost will be more than the estimated 6 billion. If man can go to Mars and establish settlements there, then the rest of the solar system comes into view. What about the moon, some of the larger asteroids, the large moons of Jupiter and Saturn? What about the cold, remote regions of the outer solar system?
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I never did understand such calculations. I see a multitude of good and interesting developments that could be triggered by this activity.
Humanity will go to Mars, even if we cannot yet say exactly when and how. Naturally, there are still many questions to be answered. One essential ingredient of the plan is that unmanned machines will precede the manned missions.
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Robots will be employed to do as much as possible before the colonists arrive. What can they do? Does Mars One realize how difficult it is to persuade robots to do just about anything? This is going to be a tough problem. Then, when they arrive, the colonists will be surrounded by an extremely hostile environment, dependent on highly advanced technology as much as their own ingenuity. Much of their habitat will have to be covered with thick layers of earth for protection. Often, as well, the question is raised: What good will sending people to Mars be for science?
Many scientists regard manned spaceflight as a ludicrous waste of money and effort. Scientific exploration can be done much better and much cheaper by robots, they emphasize. Indeed, this is true for most scientific questions being investigated now. But what is it that makes planets and moons so interesting in the first place? Could it be related to the remote possibility that humans might someday set up camp there? To my mind, manned exploration of the distant parts of the solar system would be one marvellous scientific experiment all in itself.
Can a lasting biological ecosystem be set up on places other than Earth, places where such ecosystems do not exist at present? How will such systems evolve there, together with the species Homo sapiens? Can they, in unison, defend themselves against numerous external threats? Will humans be strong enough to persevere, even if mishaps do take place?
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How far can we go? Or will the task of colonizing these places be taken over by intelligent robots altogether? It is going considerably further than any of its more amateuristic predecessors. In that case, we can still maintain that Mars One is paving the road to the future. This book is one of the instruments for doing so.
It discusses the skills human colonists will need to comply with all conceivable eventualities that they may encounter. Colonists will need not only suitable air, water, food, and shelter, but also the strength to endure complications in their social relationships, challenging workloads, loneliness perhaps, and other sufferings. They will need resistence and perseverance. One thing they will enjoy for sure: the first colonists will have earned fame and the admiration of the millions back on Earth watching them, much like Olympic athletes.
Their successors on Mars, also, will become famous for their attempts to expand and strengthen their colonies. They all will be the ones who did it. We have landed on the moon and sent spacecraft to explore various near and distant planetary objects in our solar system. Mars One is a nonprofit organization, based in the Netherlands and international in scope, whose goal is to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.
Why do this? Because it is the next giant leap forward for humankind; a stepping-stone for the human race on its unyielding quest to explore the universe. Human settlement on Mars will aid our understanding of the origins of the solar system, the origins of life, and our place in the cosmos. Sending a manned mission to Mars is a fantastic adventure. Imagine the incredible feeling of being the first human in history to step out of the capsule and leave your footprint on the surface of Mars. This feeling of amazement will be experienced by not only the astronaut but also by his or her audience: all those watching from back home.
After all, many of those who observed Neil Armstrong land on the moon so many years ago still remember the details—where they were, who they were with, and how they felt when it happened. This will be our moment, in Is there viable life already living on the Red Planet? These are a few of the many burning questions for scientists worldwide to ponder and seek to answer. Progress is another reason to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.
A mission to Mars will jump-start massive developments in areas such as recycling, solar energy, food production, and medical technology, to name just a few. Next to planet Earth, Mars is the most habitable planet in our solar system. Gravity on Mars is 38 percent that of our Earth and, although that may sound low, many believe it is a sufficient amount for the human body to be able to adapt to.
In contrast, consider the only other two celestial bodies in orbit near Earth: our moon and Venus. Science and Technology near Washington, DC, launched a grapefruit-size spacecraft that sent text messages back to Earth in In fact, this kind of small spacecraft is the most commonly launched type of satellite today.