In 1969, humankind made possibly its largest achievement to date. The United States put 12 people on the moon from 1969 to 1972. For the first time in human history, man was capable of leaving this earth and returning safely.
Now, the next step is being taken. In 2024, there are plans to send a group of people to develop a permanent colony on the red planet. According to studies, human life is sustainable with existing technology.
The project is independently funded with the main source of funding being donations to the program. A donation can be made by visiting the Mars One website at http://www.mars-one.com/ and clicking on the donate now tab.
The project has grown in publicity and has spread into the Heritage High School Culture.
Danny Segura ’16 has taken particular interest in this topic.
“My love for space began when I was a young boy. Me and my grandmother used to go out late at night and look at the night sky. She would get down on one knee, look me in the eye and say, ‘Boy, this world isn’t big enough for you.’ That is when I knew that I wanted to be an astronaut,” says Segura.
The crew will set up this interplanetary colony with the help of multiple unmanned missions to mars. The privately funded company plans on sending multiple ships carrying supplies ahead of the voyagers.
To decide the select individuals that will partake on the epic journey, the Mars One staff had to narrow down the vast pool of 200,000 applicants from all corners of the world down to 100. The application process began in April of 2014 and included video interviews and personality diagnosis to find people that would operate and get along with other voyagers for the eight months that they will be traveling to the other world. Segura has sent in two video applications and four letters to the Mars One mission.
He has received no replies.
Once the astronauts land on the martian surface, they are racing against the clock to set up sustainable food sources. The voyagers will be completely isolated for almost two full years before the second mission arrives with reinforcements and another two years after that before the mission after that.
Needless to say, Mars one promises to be a captivating mission and work in progress for the next ten years and could possibly lead to the development of humankind’s new home.
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