Mars One: A Possible Disaster

"Cannibals on Mars" is clearly a network hit in the making.

“Cannibals on Mars” will clearly be a network sensation.

Three months ago I wrote this article about Mars One, the Netherlands-based non-profit organization that hopes to fund a one-way mission to build the first colony on Mars by broadcasting it as a reality show. The astronaut selection criteria had just been released, and when I put the article on Twitter and it sparked this conversation with two scientists who actually work on Mars. A discussions about the feasibility of Mars One’s proposed mission plan turned into a discussion about how quickly the whole thing would devolve into a “Survivor: Mars” type of show/mission with the crew resorting to cannibalism after running out of food. Mars One held another press conference last Monday, April 22. Between the handwritten name cards and the evasive answers about funding and hardware, my outlook on the mission unfortunately hasn’t changed. My latest thoughts on Mars One are up on Physics Focus

Comments

  1. David Shomper, ex-Apollo engineer says

    “…conversation with two scientists who actually work on Mars.”

    I did not realize we already had people on Mars; how is that working out?

  2. Jasper says

    I personally think it is one of the silliest ideas in a long time that came from my country. Sorry for that, people.
    Space is great to investigate but it has to be done by people who really can get things done out there. Not just dimwits chosen in some ‘talent’ show on TV just for the sake of showbiz. What’s next? Jersey Beach goes to Deimos?
    (actually *that* might be a good idea…)

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