Help Wanted: Astronauts Needed for Mars Colony

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posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 09:28 PM
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Role up, Role Up!!!

Mars One, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, intends to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023.

They need astronauts.

Anyone on planet Earth can apply if they meet the basic requirements. But obviously, the job isn’t for just anyone.

Today, Mars One released its application criteria. Among other virtues, astronaut candidates must have “a deep sense of purpose, willingness to build and maintain healthy relationships, the capacity for self-reflection and ability to trust. They must be resilient, adaptable, curious, creative and resourceful.” And be at least 18 years old (no maximum age has been set).

The selection process will begin during the first half of 2013. Mars One experts and viewers of a “global, televised program” — think reality TV where the prize could be a trip to a dry, dusty world — will choose from among the applications. Those ultimately selected will be assembled into teams of four. At least six teams are supposed to be ready to launch in September 2022. But only one team will make the first trip to the Red Planet, and that team will be decided democratically.



“The people of Earth will have a vote which group of four will be the first Earth ambassadors on Mars,” the Mars One website says. Subsequent teams will be sent in two-year intervals.

At least eight years of training will be provided before launch, including simulated missions, practice in a restricted mobility environment, and lessons in electronics, equipment repair, basic and critical medical care. In 2016, the company plans to begin rocketing supplies to Mars, including spare parts, two rovers, and living units that can be assembled into a base once humans arrive.

But it’s a one-way trip for all involved: Once on Mars, there’s no coming back!!

The question you gotta ask yourselves is, would ya? Would ya?


SELECTION CRITERIA:
mars-one.com...

SELECTION PROCESS:
mars-one.com...


www.wired.com...
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posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 09:36 PM
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Would you leave your family and all you know to do this?
I have 3 Children, not sure I would want to leave them
But this does sound like a trip of a lifetime.........WOW!



posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 09:39 PM
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Did anyone see CONTACT?

America's 1st missions will likely use "dummy" launches where a few astronauts are sacrificed in name of testing water.

Bon voyage!



posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 09:49 PM
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i would like to be part of mission 3 or 4
ill leave the first mission for everyone to die up to someone else


dont you think the aliens who own mars will be rather upset with us going there..

what air will you breath? what water will you drink?

why mars why not start with the moon and work our way out?

why are they waiting so long to do this?

will they have internet and porn?

can i bring my dog?



posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 09:54 PM
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My 5 year old daughter wants to be an astronaut. Thanking God she is too young for this mission.

It would definitely be the trip of a lifetime, literally. Not for me, as I could never bear to leave my family, but what an opportunity for a young, single person.



posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 09:56 PM
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1: Yes
2: Your Own
3: Apparantly we have done it before.......ahem.
4: $$$
5: Probably, they are from the Netherlands, might even have weed and bondage.
6: Yes, he'll be great for when you run out of food.
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posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 10:20 PM
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I have to wonder how this will play out assuming it all goes to plan. What kind of person just zooms to Mars in full knowledge that its' a one way trip? That's a huge leap in faith, they would believe in essence that their viewpoint and belief systems would remain at present values forever? I just can't get my head around that
Armstrong had a way back, Aldrin, Sheppard...They all had a way home! You'd need some sort of Buddhist astronauts for this gig or failing that, four nihilists. Having said that, I came here with nothing and no way back and look at all the stuff I got
It used to be a question of risking ones life for space flight, now it seems donation has trumped risk. We'll see what develops I guess
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posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 10:31 PM
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Thanks for this! I just signed up for the newsletter. I'll be sure and sign up when the opportunity arrives. For the record I am married and have a son. When I finish school, I'll be hitting up spaceX for a job until they say yes.

How awesome would it be to be the first human to set foot on Mars? What would be your first words? Simply amazing this is happening in my lifetime. I, for one, am enthusiastic.



posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 10:53 PM
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if I could leave tomorrow, I would....

...but, already, there is a distinct hint of mental or emotional instability in anyone that would say such a thing.

so, I guess I am not qualified.



posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 12:09 AM
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Originally posted by CaptainBeno
Role up, Role Up!!!

Mars One, a nonprofit organization based in the Netherlands, intends to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023.

They need astronauts.

Anyone on planet Earth can apply if they meet the basic requirements. But obviously, the job isn’t for just anyone.

Today, Mars One released its application criteria. Among other virtues, astronaut candidates must have “a deep sense of purpose, willingness to build and maintain healthy relationships, the capacity for self-reflection and ability to trust. They must be resilient, adaptable, curious, creative and resourceful.” And be at least 18 years old (no maximum age has been set).

The selection process will begin during the first half of 2013.


Seems quite an ambitious undertaking, a manned trip to Mars within 10 years. I personally don't believe we have worked out the many problems to accomplish such a mission within 10 years. Significantly more challenging than our trips to the moon and back.

However, I saw a wonderful t.v. series on the Science Channel entitled Mars Rising. I'll attach one of the youtube clips here. It was a multi-part series, but I thought it was excellent in defining what would be required technologically, crew requirements/skills/psychological factors, food, radiation protection, etc. have a look there are a number of follow-ons.

The entire series was narrated by William Shatner of Star Trek fame, he does a very respectable job. Here is some outtakes from an interview he did.

Best known as Captain James T. Kirk, William Shatner travels the universe again as the narrator for Mars Rising. Here, he talks about why he took on the project, where in space he'd most like to travel to, and if he'll be part of the next Star Trek film. Q: What was it that drew you to the project - the space element, Mars, the fact that it was a Canadian project, or all of these?
A: It was all of that — the science aspect of it, the intrigue of fiction and science, and the pride I have in my country doing wonderful things in documentary and film. It all came together beautifully and I was very impressed.

Q: Did working on it give you any insight into the Mars exploration?
A: It was more the fact that we will actually one day be able to explore Mars that was a real "aha!" moment for me. That human beings really will be able to live on other planets — what an idea that is.

Q: Were you the type of kid who dreamed about going into space?
A: I've always had an interest in science. But space travel wasn't an option when I was a kid. They were still trying to figure out what electrons did.

Q: And there was some kind of mix-up with the Richard Branson civilian space project?
A: Well, I guess you could call it that. He thought I should pay to go into space, and I thought he should pay me. The conversation pretty much ended there.

Shatner Link

Thanks for the thread, a very interesting and high-hopes project! Regards, ID



posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 12:37 AM
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Thanks for that ItDepends, Top stuff

I will be watching those later!



posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 12:39 AM
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Personally i would rather live on the moon.



posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 07:05 AM
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Let me guess the Wayland corporation is behind this, crew is expendable. Yeah I am not signing up, You may end up as an alien breeder. Yes I am joking but seriously no way I would that.



posted on Jan, 9 2013 @ 11:52 AM
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It really is an interesting topic. As I mentioned earlier the Science Chanel has some very good information on the series they did: Mars Rising.

Journey to the Red Planet Dr. James Garvin, lead scientist for Mars and Lunar Exploration at NASA, and Dr. Paul Delaney, Professor Physics and Astronomy at Toronto's York University, outline the extraordinary challenges and obstacles faced by the international space community in sending a manned mission to Mars ... and bringing it back.

Rocket Power
The spacecraft that will take a crew to Mars will be assembled—in space. Up to 10 rockets will be required to carry equipment and the astronauts to the mothership. The 56-million-kilometer journey to and from the Red Planet could take up to three years. Will the fuel be thermo-nuclear or super-heated charged particles? Engineers must get it right the first time—or the astronauts will die.

More here

This clip investigates the Human Factor, and some of the concerns and requirements for the prospective astronauts to make such a journey. Some very interesting ideas to think about, especially the social and professional requirements to consider.


Cheers! ID



posted on Jan, 11 2013 @ 05:53 PM
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mars-one.com...

Round 3: This round is the national selection round, which could be broadcasted on TV and internet in countries around the world. In each country, 20-40 applicants will participate in challenges that demonstrate their suitability to become one of the first humans on Mars. The audience will select one winner per country and Mars One experts will select additional participants to continue to round four.


I have no confidence in our ability to vote for capability vs. charisma. For the teams, all I can see is future ego battles whilst stranded, isolated, on an inhospitable planet (“I was chosen by the people of my country!” vs. “I’m better suited to the task, having been chosen by experts”).

For the sake of the lives of those going, we shouldn’t have any say in who makes the cut.
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