Artist impression of a Mars settlement with cutaway view (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The idea of humans to colonize Mars by 2023 is so extraordinary that it scares me. It scares me that this idea will fail terribly! It scares me that hope will be crushed and space programs will go into a withdrawal. Nonetheless, it’s a noble idea and an idea that has no parallel so far. Of course, there are ideas that even more absurd than to colonize Mars, but those ideas are so absurd that there little to no opportunity for such ideas to be fully realized. Colonizing Mars though is a different story as Mars One seems to have a plan for how to colonizing Mars in 2023.
Mars One is a project which will start sending first 4 humans (astronauts) to colonize Mars in 2023. This is one way mission or one way ticket, because whoever arrives on Mars through Mars One project will not plan to get back home (earth). Nonetheless, should Mars One train the first 4 astronauts the basic knowledge of science in making the right equipments and spacecrafts so they might use such knowledge to improvise their way home – in the case of homesickness? Sorry for the digression. Every two year after the first Mars One Mars landing, a new group of humans would join the Mars One settlement on Mars.
Mars One plans to make this idea a reality in a big way. How big? As in very big entertainment! It’s unclear though how Mars One will entertain the world with their missions!!! Will Mars One allow people to see real preparations for human settlement on Mars through videos and images? Will Mars One create a TV reality around their missions? (The baddest reality TV show on earth, ever!!!) Will Mars One do what to entice people about Mars One human settlement on Mars?
Set the hypes about Mars One aside, I think in the end, it matters most that humans can colonize Mars. To colonize Mars isn’t something we just wake up and say let do it. I think colonizing Mars is a lot more difficult than anything else we have done with space programs in the pasts. Imagine how lonely it will be for the first few groups of humans to settle on Mars. The Mars One settlement will grow at a slow pace, and the loneliness of living on Mars will continue to grow for the Mars One settlers. Living on Mars might require Mars One settlers to be extra careful in their daily activities. It’s not like they can breath without proper equipments on Mars. Without enough knowledge to repair and remake proper equipments and tools, Mars One settlers might be stranded on Mars. To be stranded on Mars is not the same as to live on Mars. So on and so on…
Enough with my rant since I don’t know much about Mars One anyway. My little knowledge of Mars One was acquired through watching the video right after the break, so you go ahead and enjoy the video!!! I was very much enjoyed the video myself!!!
Afterthought: I’m so glad that they are planning to colonize Mars in my lifetime. I don’t really have to read science fiction books and dream for the coming of such a day/event. Even if Mars One mission will fail, I think it’s one of the noblest adventures, explorations, experimentations, and ideas that humankind has ever attempted. Mars One might be a stepping stone for even greater aspirations and achievements to come. After all, we do not have an insurance for earth, and earthlings are too eager to destroy it — therefore we need to know how to colonize other planets in a hurry.