Thursday, January 24, 2013

Funky Friday - Mars is no Fun

Be the first to live on Mars - for the term of your natural life.

The other day I heard an intriguing interview on Australian ABC radio of a Dutchman discussing the concept of sending 4 people to Mars to set up a colony. Hopefully he will choose the applicants better than the British did to colonise Australia - the first fleet was a way to move their convicts on.
Anyway, the radio talk back host asked the question, "Who would you like to send to Mars on a one way trip?" Maybe you might have some suggestions yourself - I'm listening.

Below is something I found while research more on Bas Lansdorp's concept.

There’s an old joke about sending someone you hate on a one-way trip to Mars. Now, a Dutch entrepreneur has formed a company around this concept -- and it’s no joke.
Bas Lansdorp, the 35-year-old founder of Mars One, told his company is serious about a one-way mission. The company will hold a worldwide lottery next year to select 40 people for a training team. They will then set up a mock colony in the desert, possibly somewhere in the U.S., for three months. This initial team will be reduced to ten crew members.
They will then be sent to Mars, never again to return.
“We will send humans to Mars in 2023,” he told “They will live there the rest of their lives. There will be a habitat waiting for them, and we’ll start sending four people every two years.”
The habitat will consist of several housing structures that Mars One will launch before 2023. In 2016, the company plans to launch the first supply vessel. In 2018, it plans to send a rover.

The talk back host played a song that related vaguely to the subject - I was driving at the time. If I hadn't I would love to have suggested Camille's "Mars is no fun" from her CD from last year. I'm a big fan of Camille, she's French and really weird.


  1. I really can't think of anyone that I hate enough to send to Mars. Ooops, mistake of course there is, our neighbour here that everyone in the hamlet hates :-) How soon can I get rid of him?
    Have a good weekend D an N

    1. LOVL - Laugh out very loud Diane. Can I send my son's around to play their PUNK music outside his front door?

  2. Mad! First they gave us the program 'Big Brother'[ugh] now pods on Mars --it must be the lack of space in NL that causes it ;-)

  3. Then again, they sent people to Australia for "the term of their natural life".


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