Move over Survivor and Big Brother! Forget about the Kardashians! A Dutch company, Mars-One, is planning to establish a human colony on the Red Planet in 2023, and you′ll get to watch the whole thing on Reality TV! The enterprise has the backing of the 1999 Noble Prize winning Dutch physicist Gerard ′t Hooft and Reality TV mogul, Paul Romer, who created the Big Brother series. They describe the plan for a colony on Mars as a ″media event″ and ″media spectacle.″ If all goes well, the first four astronauts will blast off and head for Mars late in 2022, arriving the following year after a 7-month journey. This will take place after a series of supply and equipment craft land on Mars before the humans depart from Earth. Every two years after the initial colonists land on Mars, another group of four will join them, bringing the total number to 20 by 2033.
What makes this scheme different than previous ones considered by NASA and other groups is that its a one-way ride for the colonists. Those who volunteer and pass the rigorous selection process are making a life-time commitment. They will be going to Mars to stay for good and start a whole new life.
Mars-One was founded in 2011 by Bas Landsdorp, an entrepreneur and researcher in alternative energy. Together with co-founders Arno Wielders, a physicist, Bryan Versteeg, a graphics designer and Suzanne Flinkenflogel, a marketing expert, they intend on making a human colony on Mars a reality. Even a Reality TV series! Already several major networks are expressing an interest in carrying the series. They have also lined up several contractors to supply them with the hardware and technology needed to pull it all off.
So if you feel an urging for adventure, and for fame as a Reality TV star, then the Mars-One program may be just the thing for you! The Dutch private company is getting serious and ready to begin recruiting astronauts to establish a permanent human colony on Mars. If all goes according to their plans, the first four colonists will land on the Red Planet in 2023. Every two years following that, when Earth and Mars are close to each other, another team of four astronauts will take a one-way trip.