By: Chris O'Shea
Everyone always wants to be optimistic. Most people, when asked about life advice, will say things like shoot for the stars! They'll say to see the glass as half full. They say to always look on the brights side of life. They tell you that anything is possible, if you just put your mind to it. Well, to quote the great Chuck Klosterman, "Everybody is wrong about everything, just about all the time." You see, things sometimes don't happen because of a tiny item called "reality." Optimists don't like dealing with reality. Neither, it seems, do the people behind "Mars One," a Dutch group that just announced plans to form a human settlement on the moon by 2023.
According to its website, and below video, Mars One will start with just four guys. "The first crew of four astronauts emigrate to their new planet from Earth, a journey that takes seven months," reads a statement on the site. "A new team will join the settlement every two years. By 2033 there will be over twenty people living, working and flourishing on Mars, their new home." It sounds a bit far fetched, right? Well, no! The group behind Mars One has been planning this since... Last year!
"The Mars One team has worked on this plan since early 2011," reads a post on the site's FAQ page. "That first year saw us research the feasibility of the idea extensively and exhaustively, scrutinizing every detail with countless specialists and expert organizations... We have met with several established, international aerospace companies who can design and deliver the essential hardware components for the Mars mission. These have written letters of interest that support our plan."
Oh! Well, that solves everything. Some mystery companies have pledged their non-existent funds to the mission. Solid work. But by who? The main minds behind Mars One are Bas Lansdorp, a Netherlands based researcher with a Masters in Science from Delft University of Technology and Gerard 't Hooft, a Pulitzer-prize winning physicist. Lansdorp told The Digital Journal that everyone — everyone! – is excited about the idea. "Our plan to go to Mars has evolved quite a bit since we started," he explained to the DJ. "Right now, just about everyone we speak to is amazed by how realistic we have kept it. The next step is introducing the project to the world and securing sponsors and investors."
Great, but what about the dangers of landing on a planet and settling there? There have been documented high levels of radiation on Mars, but Mars One isn't worried! They're going to bury everyone in sand! As a post on its FAQ page explains, "On Mars, the amount [of radiation] is slightly increased than on Earth, but by submerging the Living Unit in a few feet of sand we reduce it significantly."
It all sounds great. Good luck on Mars, team Mars One. We'll stay here and watch you go. We're sure it'll all work out perfectly. Yeah, that's us trying to be overly optimistic. See how stupid it sounds?
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