Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:07 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
Mars (2)In the first half of the program, Ken Johnston, a former NASA Data and Photo Control Department manager, discussed the Mars One project and the process of colonizing space. He explained that Mars One is a non-profit organization aimed at building a human colony on the
Red Planet and is currently in the midst of selecting the astronauts who will participate in the project. Johnston, who has applied to be one of these astronauts, acknowledged that the journey is a one-way trip to
Mars, with a return to Earth being highly unlikely, but relished the
historic nature of such an endeavor. “Everything we will do, from the
moment we’re launched,” he marveled, “will be a first for the human
species.”

According to Johnston, the building of this colony on Mars will begin with training the astronauts in 2015, followed by a series of unmanned
missions to the planet which would scout an ideal location and send the
necessary cargo ahead of the humans. The first crew, consisting of two
men and two women, would fly to Mars in 2022. Every two years,
thereafter, another set of four astronauts will depart Earth and join
the original Martian pioneers. Once they are on Mars, each astronaut
will have their own 10 by 20 foot pod to live in and will perform
research and development tasks on the planet while also building
additional habitats for future fellow Martians, initially twenty-four in total. “As it grows, we’ll have our own little colony going and we’ll
have to make up our own rules and laws,” he said, “and we’ll all be
Martians.”
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