Over 200,000 people have applied to live on Mars, and though only four brave people will be chosen for this permanent vacation to Mars, 2025 has been marked as a possible launch date for this space venture. CNN reports this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, that new preparations have been made in the planning from a Dutch company to send four people from Earth all the way to the Red Planet via an unmanned mission first.
According to the Mars One Foundation, very few among the 200,000 that have applied for the coveted space exploration journey will actually be able to go, and none will be coming back. This Tuesday, the foundation confirmed that they have at last found their major suppliers in shaping the mission. Prior to actually sending people, a communications satellite and a fully functional robotic lander will be part of the venture, and is scheduled to start as early as 2018 to prep for having the very first people live on Mars.
The press release reveals that Lockheed Martin will be the contractor in devising the building of the futuristic lander, and Surrey Satellite Technology, Ltd., will be held responsible for the concept study of the major satellite. Mars One is said to be “very optimistic” about the still-distant but literally groundbreaking venture this 2018.
This very first mission to have an earthling live on another planet, namely the Red Planet, will be used to test whether it is possible to have a permanent vacation — that is, non-temporary human settlement — on Mars. If all goes well, we could have the first space pioneers by 2025 living on the distant planet.
Growing excitement among the 200,000 participants who applied to live on Mars has been growing since the project’s initial announcement back in April. Although the application period is now closed, Round 2 applicants will find out whether they were chosen by the end of 2013.
This first unmanned mission is the "most important and most difficult step of actually getting humans to Mars," said one source.
"The opportunity to participate in that is just really exciting," said Ed Sedivy on the 200,000 apply Mars headline. Sedivy works as a chief engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems.