New Delhi: By the year 2023, the world may see a reality television show based on red planet, Mars.
The Mars One organization is steadily working towards establishing human settlement on planet Mars by 2023.
The endeavour to build a permanent settlement on the planet started in the year 2011.
The founding members of the Mars One team came together to develop a strategic plan for taking humanity to Mars. That first year yielded the completion of a feasibility study, calling upon experts from space agencies and private aerospace corporations around the world. Written letters of interest in support of the Mars One plan were received. In this first-stage analysis, Mars One incorporated technical, financial, social-psychological and ethical components into its foundation plan, according to Mars One.
Recently, Mars One launched an Astronaut selection program.
Mars One, a not-for-profit organization which plans to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023, today issued the base requirements for its pending Astronaut Selection Program. This establishes the first step toward the global selection process which will commence in the first half of 2013, quotes the Press Release of Mars One.
The eight member team has launched a road map that could see human beings inhabiting Planet Mars, within a decade.
The mission is the brainwork of Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders.
The Masters in science, Lansdorp hails from Netherland and is cofounder and General Director of the Mars One organisation.
The mission is split into nine stages starting from the year 2011 to 2023.
Following are the nine crucial steps that will see man on the surface of the Red planet, in as little as ten years.
Step 1: 2011
During 2011, founders Bas and Arno laid the foundation for the Mars One Mission Plan through the creation of technical documentation, from astronaut selection through the first human landing. The primary providers of the complex infrastructure were engaged, top-tier aerospace suppliers from the around the world enthused to work with an apolitical integrator whose intent is to conduct a manned mission to Mars.
Step 1: 2013
This will be the year in which our astronaut selection begins! Who will be the first four humans on Mars and who are to follow every two years after? Anyone who meets the criteria and feels they are up to the challenge can apply. Mars One will maintain 40 trained astronauts during the full duration of its missions.
Mars One will build a replica of the Mars settlement on Earth, likely in a cold, desolate environment, to help the astronauts prepare and train and for a realistic environment in which to test the equipment. The astronaut selection and the preparations in the simulated Mars base will be broadcast world-wide for the public to view.
Step 3: 2014
This will be the year in which preparations for the supply missions, the first to launch in 2016, are set in motion, as well as production of the first Mars communication satellite.
Step 4: 2016
The supply mission will be launched for Mars in January 2016. It will land on the Red Planet in October 2016 with its cargo of 2500 kilograms of spare parts, solar photovoltaic panels, and general supplies. It will land close to where the outpost is expected to be.
Step 5: 2018
In 2018 the first settlement rover will land on Mars. While the general location of the outpost will be known, the rover's task is to find the ideal spot within the area. As with the Curiosity Mars Rover, the 6-40 minute round-trip delay in communication (depending upon the positions of the Earth and Mars in their orbits) requires that the rover has some autonomy while much of its functions will be controlled by instruction from Earth. A video stream will be broadcast on Earth 24/7/365.
Step 6: 2021
In 2021 all the components of the settlement reach their destination in six separate landers. Two living units, two life support units, a second supply unit, and another rover arrive on Mars. The two rovers take all components to the settlement location and prepare for the arrival of Mars Team One, the first humans on Mars. A second video stream will be broadcast to Earth 24/7/365.
Step 7: 2022
All water, oxygen and atmosphere production will be ready by early 2022, which is when the Earth crew is granted the go-for-launch of Mars Team One. Each component of the Mars transit vehicle is launched into a low Earth orbit and linked. In September history is made as the first four astronauts are launched on their journey to the Red Planet. Every part of this adventure will be broadcast to Earth 24/7/365.
Step 8: 2023
The Mars Team One astronauts land in 2023 – the first humans to set foot on Mars! Once settled in, their first tasks include installing the connecting tubes between the individual capsules, configuring and activating the food production units, and assembling the remaining solar photovoltaic panels. Their epic exploration of Mars, their new home planet begins, with everyone on Earth engaged in the 24/7/365 broadcast. A few weeks later, five cargo missions arrive, bringing additional living units, life support units, and a third rover.
Step 9: 2025
In June of 2025 Mars Team Two the second crew of four astronauts lands. They are received by their predecessors who have completed the construction of the settlement. As successive Mars One Teams arrive, the settlement will grow in its capacity for scientific research, experiments, and exploration of Mars, with a minimum of four high definition video streams providing viewers on Earth with 24/7/365 engagement.
Source: Mars One