Like the Apollo Moon Landings

26 Feb

Have you heard of Mars One?

It’s goal to establish a human settlement on the planet Mars. Human settlement of Mars is the next giant leap for humankind. Mars is the stepping stone of the human race on its voyage into the universe. Human settlement on Mars will aid our understanding of the origins of the solar system, the origins of life and our place in the universe. As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe that all things are possible, anything can be achieved.

Mars One

Mars One

Mars One will select and train the human crew for permanent settlement. The search for astronauts began in April 2013. More than 200,000 registered for the first selection program.

The first humans to land on Mars are planned to start their journey from Earth In 2024. First humans will land on Mars in 2025.

In 2026, a settlement will expand with departure of Crew Two. With the second crew, the cargo for the third crew is also launched. The second crew lands on Mars in 2027. They are welcomed by the first crew, who has already prepared their living quarters. The hardware for crew three will land a few weeks later and will be added to the settlement. This process continues as more crews land every two years.

At the moment, there are 4 Canadians training and preparing for the one-way trip:

1.   Joanna Hindle, age 42.  In her self-introduction is a quote from James Stephens – ” Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.” and continues to say, ” This adventure is full of hope and curiosity—two characteristics I believe have driven humanity’s most positive steps forward. I’m ready to give up everything I know to be a part of it. Her interests include learning, reading, pondering, writing, dreaming, outdoorsing, laughing.

2.   Sue (I could find no mention of her last name), age 42.  In her self-introduction she says, “Ever since I was a small child, I have dreamed of becoming an astronaut.  I am filled with wonder about what is out there in space, and I long to find out. I am a mom and a grandma, and while my life here on Earth has been a blessing, now that my daughter is grown and has a family of her own, I am ready for my next adventure.  It would truly be an honour to be selected to go on an amazing journey to colonize Mars.”  She quotes, “To infinity, and beyond!” from Buzz Lightyear.  Her interests, she tells us, “I love adventure!  You can find me hiking, backpacking and exploring the backcountry.  I enjoy SCUBA diving, yoga, learning about other cultures, volunteering in the community, and I aspire to travel to space one day.  I want to be a Martian!”

3.   Karen (I could not find any mention of her name either), age 53.  In her self-Introduction she says, “I’m a longtime TV journalist, freelance writer & teacher with a love of telling people’s stories and a real thirst for adventure. I freelanced as a reporter for network television (OBS) at the London 2012 Olympics. I’ve spent time in third world slums in Calcutta & Africa, volunteered in Haiti post earthquake, volunteered in New York after Hurricane Sandy & have taught in China.  I love to be a witness – to be other people’s eyes and ears. I love to tell a great story! Interests Committed to disaster relief & helping people in trouble.After the Tsunami in SE Asia,I helped launch a telethon at my TV station, raising close to a million dollars for the Red Cross. Have trained as a yoga/meditation & mindfulness teacher at the Kripalu Center in Massachusetts. Ommmmm 😉 Also have a certificate in Permaculture Design from The Omega Institute in New York.  This will come in handy when we start growing our own food on Mars and designing sustainable agriculture systems.  I can’t wait!”

4.    Daniel (Again I could not find mention of his last name, except where he says his name is Ben Cringer), age 28. In his self-Introduction, he continues, “I’m a PhD Candidate at the University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada. My research focuses on quantum error correction, but my real passion is colonizing Mars.”  His interests include Rocketry,  Light Gas Guns, and Space Elevators.

To learn more about the candidates and the program, you can start at Mars One Homepage.


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28 responses to “Like the Apollo Moon Landings

  1. hermitsdoor

    March 5, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Hmmm, by the math, given that the planned settlement is 10 years off, I would say that the 3 women listed would be well beyond child-bearing age, and the one man at the peak of his sexual prowess. I’m sure that this was not a primary criteria for inclusion in training… on the other hand, no need to be experimenting with certain biological conditions before the feasability of the mission is determined. Inter-planetary polygammy? Well, the movie Total Recall (Arnold Swartzenegar goes against evils of mining coloney) and C. S. Lewis’ book, Out of the Silent Planet, addressed Mars issues in the last century (including that planetary sex thing). Oh, dear, another comment that you may end up deleting. 🙂

  2. Jacqui Murray

    March 2, 2015 at 10:45 am

    I hadn’t heard anything about this. Fascinating.

    • tkmorin

      March 3, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Isn’t it though? I’ve been more or less following the project since last year.

  3. avwalters

    February 27, 2015 at 1:32 am

    I don’t think we should be allowed to take off to another planet until we’ve learned to take care of this one.

    • tkmorin

      February 27, 2015 at 9:08 am

      Just keep doing what you’re doing, give others the gift of helping you, and before too long, BAM! You’re clean!

  4. Joseph Nebus

    February 27, 2015 at 12:05 am

    It’s a cute notion but, really, does anyone believe this group would ever get off the ground?

    • tkmorin

      February 27, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      I’m hoping they do. But many things have to be examined and come up with fixes. I’m thinking medication, repair parts …

  5. alesiablogs

    February 26, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    This is unreal! It makes you think–why is it people don’t want to stay on Earth their whole? I don’t think its too bad here!

    • tkmorin

      February 27, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      I’m just thinking about what it would be like to be on a world without ISIS …

  6. seeker

    February 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    It’s an interesting project. Two women are from BC. It would be more interesting if they can use that money to clean up Earth and not spread it outer space.

  7. Yvonne

    February 26, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    The things that have happened in our lifetimes! Amazing.

    • tkmorin

      February 26, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Yvonne, you are so right. And it’s a bit weird to think what future generations might witness or experience, eh? Wow! 🙂

  8. hairballexpress

    February 26, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I just have one question – do they take creatures?😺

    • tkmorin

      February 26, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      You mean besides fish and rats? LOL. I don’t know. Now I’m curious! I’ll check into that, Shrimp! 🙂

  9. Gypsy Bev

    February 26, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    What a great adventure! Wish I was younger so I could help explore the Universe. I keep hoping a Spaceship will drop down and pick up this gypsy!

    • tkmorin

      February 26, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Who knows, maybe the dream will happen! 🙂

      • Gypsy Bev

        February 26, 2015 at 11:35 pm

        What would life be like wtihout dreams? Will let you know when I take that ride.

        • tkmorin

          February 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm

          … and send me a postcard. Or maybe it’ll be simpler to write a note on facebook, twitter, or an e-mail. LOL

  10. andy1076

    February 26, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Karen so totally deserves to be on this expedition for all the volunteering she’s done in places that really needed it 🙂

    • tkmorin

      February 26, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Indeed! Can you imagine such an experience?

      • andy1076

        February 26, 2015 at 5:20 pm

        Just the letter alone saying that she’s approved, she must of jumped higher than the moon in joy! 🙂

        • tkmorin

          February 26, 2015 at 7:27 pm

          Many have been cut, so the pressure must be there to be better than at least half of those left! I still can’t get over the fact that they’re moving ahead with it! 🙂

          • andy1076

            February 26, 2015 at 9:57 pm

            Just thinking about how we’ll see them in a few years waving from Mars, this is gonna put Canada on the map for sure HEH! 😉

          • tkmorin

            February 27, 2015 at 12:14 pm

            Let’s hope so! I wonder how long the lag will be between them sending a message and us receiving it?

          • andy1076

            February 27, 2015 at 12:18 pm

            Mmmm.. it takes forever for a satellite to transmit, I would imagine at least a day or so? can you imagine how cautious you’d have to be to not have to call back for a correction? 😄😄

          • tkmorin

            February 27, 2015 at 12:22 pm

            It brings up lots of questions. I suppose part of the training is learning about many hardware and software assets so that each one has at least an idea of how to repair quickly …

          • andy1076

            February 27, 2015 at 1:16 pm

            I should hope so, pretty sure you can’t call a 1-800 number for help lol 🙂


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