Mars One. Will the mission succeed?

Mars One is an ambitious project among the science community which has participation of common people. The first phase of the mission is successfully completed, but the curiosity is growing stronger and stronger. I am also a simple spectator who is watching the whole event.

The NASA is planning to land on Mars only after 2030. So how is it possible to send humans to mars by 2023? I found following answers on the internet regarding this question:

 Criticisms:

The Strange, Deadly Effects Mars Would Have on Your Body

Mars, however, presents a challenge of a different scale and character: It’s more a marathon than a sprint. Here the absence of gravitational load takes on a new dimension, transforming from a novelty into a creeping threat, because life on Earth has evolved over the past three and a half billion years in an unchanging gravitational field. In that context, it shouldn’t be a surprise that so much of our physiology appears to be defined by — or dependent upon — gravity.

Take gravity away, and our bodies become virtual strangers to us.

Source: wired.com


Can the Dutch do reality TV in space?

It’s either one of the biggest hoaxes in history conjured up by a group of richly deluded young fantasists or a brave attempt to challenge the boundaries of space travel and beat NASA and co. at their own game.

Source: bbc.com


Ethical questions over one-way Mars trip

Jonathan Nally, who runs an astronomy and space exploration website agrees.

He says the Mars One project is unrealistic for a number of reasons.

“$US6 billion is a very low cost for getting people to Mars and sustaining them there,” he said.

“The other problem is of course they want to raise this money through some sort of reality TV venture, and as we know reality TV ventures come and go and people are one minute interested and the next minute they couldn’t care less.

“So what happens when it gets to the stage when the viewers can’t care less and the funding dries up?”

He, like many others, also question the ethical implications of the project.

Source: abc.net.au

Support and Reception:

Dutch Startup Aims To Colonize Red Planet In 2023

“This is an extraordinary project by people with vision, imagination,” Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Gerard ‘t Hooft, a “mission ambassador” for the privately funded venture, said in a video posted on the website.

Source: huffingtonpost.com

 


Private Manned Mars Mission Gets First Sponsors

“Receipt of initial sponsorship marks the next step to humans setting foot on Mars,” Mars One founder and president Bas Lansdorp said in a statement. “A little more than a year ago we embarked down this path, calling upon industry experts to share in our bold dream. Today, we have moved from a technical plan into the first stage of funding, giving our dream a foundation in reality.”

Source: space.com


 Mars One Teams with Endemol for Worldwide TV Event

Mars One and multi-award winning factual producer DSP (an Endemol company) today announced they have entered an international partnership to screen the mission to send the world’s first one way astronauts to Mars. DSP becomes the exclusive worldwide production partner for the Mars One astronaut selection and training program, which will see people from all walks of life undergo one of the most extraordinary and challenging assessment processes ever seen.

Source: mars-one.com

 

 

So what do you think? Will the mars mission be a success? How will they achieve this mammoth task? A lot of questions are still pending. Your comments are a lot valuable. Please express your views also.