Mars One will establish human settlement
on Mars in 2023. In that year, the first group of four
humans will land on Mars. Every two years after that another group
will join the settlement. My first impression was that this is an
extraordinary project by people with vision and imagination.
But my first reaction was, I think like anyone who is confronted with
such an idea: This will never work. But now look and listen more closely. This is really something that can be achieved. I think this might become the most
spectacular media event ever. Watched by everyone on the globe. 1972 was the last time that humans
walked on the moon. No human has ever gone as far as Mars. Mars One has designed a mission that is
much simpler than previous designs for Mars missions.
The most significant simplification is that the crew is actually going to stay
and live on Mars with the intention to remain there
for the rest of their lives. We will finance this mission by creating
the biggest media event ever around it. Everybody in the world can see
everything that will happen in the preparations and on Mars. This is going to be a media spectacle.
“Big Brother” will pale in comparison. The whole world will be watching and
experience this journey. Mars One paid visits to major aerospace
companies around the world. In these meetings, they confirmed to us
that they can supply the required equipment. For every component, we have at least
one potential supplier. All these suppliers have written
letters of Interest for Mars One. As for financing, this is going to be a
private enterprise. Only private firms are going to contribute.
No political mambo-jumbo, no taxpayer’s money will be involved.
Only people like myself and many others who are enthusiastic about the project,
will contribute This is the plan: In 2016, a communications satellite
and a supply mission will be sent to Mars. In 2018, a large planetary rover will be
sent to Mars. It will drive around on Mars to find the
best location for the settlement. In 2020, living units, life support units,
a rover and more supplies will be sent to Mars. The rovers will prepare the settlement
for human arrival. They will extract the inflatable section
from the living unit. The life support unit will prepare the outpost
for arrival of the humans. The crew will depart in September 2022
when the settlement is fully operational and habitable. They will be flying to Mars in a Transit habitat,
with a lander attached to it. Seven months later in April 2023,
the humans will land on Mars. The next giant leap for mankind! This project seems to be the only way
to fulfill humanity’s dream to explore outer space.
It is going to be an exciting experiment. Let’s get started! Mars One invites you to join us in this
great adventure. For more information visit mars-one.com.