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Over 1000 Volunteers For 'Suicide' Mission To Mars 453

New submitter thAMESresearcher writes with a few updates on Mars One: "The Dutch company Mars One is organizing a one way mission to Mars 2023. In a press release that came out today, they say they have over a thousand applicants already. In the press release they also mention that they are now a not-for-profit Foundation. It sounds ambitious, but they have a Nobel prize winner, an astronaut, and several people from NASA on their board." The actual selection process starts early next year.
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Over 1000 Volunteers For 'Suicide' Mission To Mars

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  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @11:00AM (#42191693) Journal

    Last thing I heard, there is still no sign of life on Mars, so shouldn't "tossing the body out of the window" be perfectly clean and sanitary, as long as you don't mind seeing eternally-preserved bodies outside?

    We now know something about martian dust airflow, so you could probably get a rough calculation of how long it would take for a frozen corpse to be sandblasted beyond usable recognition...

  • by WillAdams ( 45638 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @11:00AM (#42191695) Homepage

    "SpaceX founder Elon Musk wants to create a colony on Mars consisting of a population of 80,000, ferried to the planet in a reusable rocket. For the initial trip, the rocket would contain fewer than 10 humans, and enough equipment to found a colony ready for the other 79,990." []

  • Re:one condition (Score:5, Informative)

    by codewarren ( 927270 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @11:05AM (#42191755)

    This isn't 30 second latency we're talking about. When mars is furthest from earth, best case latency is a whopping 42 minutes. That means after you click a link, the very best case is that there are 42 minutes before you get a reply.

  • by SternisheFan ( 2529412 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @12:06PM (#42192441)
    from wikipedia: McCoy was born in 2227. [2] The son of David, [4]:257-258 he attended the University of Mississippi [2] and is a divorcé. [5] In 2266, McCoy was posted as chief medical officer of the USS Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk who calls him "Bones". [2] McCoy and Kirk are good friends, even "brotherly". [4]:146 The passionate, sometimes cantankerous McCoy frequently argues with Kirk's other confidant, science officer Spock, [1] and occasionally is bigoted toward Spock's Vulcan heritage. [6] McCoy often plays the role of Kirk's conscience, offering a counterpoint to Spock's logic. [1] McCoy is suspicious of technology, [7] especially the transporter; [2] as a physician, he prefers less intrusive treatment and believes in the body's innate recuperative powers. [1]

    The character's nickname, "Bones", is a play on sawbones, an epithet for physicians, [8] in particular, those qualified as surgeons. [9] []

    A sawbones is a slang term used to describe a physician, and more specifically a surgeon, especially one who would have served in battle. The term is often tied to the Civil War, but in fact predates it. Dickens uses it to refer to a doctor in the 1837 novel Pickwick Papers which suggests common use of the expression at least 20 years prior to usage during the American Civil War. []

  • black. (Score:4, Informative)

    by leuk_he ( 194174 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @12:16PM (#42192519) Homepage Journal

    White object radiate less enery but also absorb less. Black objects radiate more energy, but also absorb more. As pointed out it mainly is cold there, you you want to keep your energy instead of absorbing it.

    The solutions:
    -Solar power. No clouds on mars.
    -nuclear power densest energy you can carry.
    -really long extension cord.

  • by JaredOfEuropa ( 526365 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @12:30PM (#42192667) Journal
    Calling banks "Too big to fail" doesn't mean that they can't fail, it means that we cannot afford to let them fail, hence the massive bailouts. Humanity as a whole is of course similarly too big to fail.
  • by SilentStaid ( 1474575 ) on Wednesday December 05, 2012 @12:58PM (#42193029)
    Replying to myself with the wiki excerpt... First 4 astronauts will cost 6 billion.

    Mars One plans to establish the first human settlement on Mars. According to their schedule, the first crew of four astronauts would arrive on Mars in 2023, after a seven month journey from Earth. Further teams would join their settlement every two years, with the intention that by 2033 there would be over twenty people living and working on Mars.

    As of June 2012, the mission plan is as follows:[4]
    2013: The first 40 astronauts will be selected;[14] a replica of the settlement will be built for training purposes.[9]
    2014: The first communication satellite will be produced.
    2016: A supply mission will be launched during January (arriving October) with 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lb) of food in a 5 metres (16 ft) diameter variant of the SpaceX Dragon.[9] The fallback if this is not ready in time is either to use a 3.8 metres (12 ft) Dragon or to delay by two years.[17]
    2018: An exploration vehicle will launch to pick the location of the settlement.[9]
    2021: Six additional Dragon capsules and another rover will launch with two living units, two life support units and two supply units.[9]
    2022: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy will launch with the first group of four colonists.[9]
    2023: The first colonists will arrive on Mars in a modified Dragon capsule.[9]
    2025: A second group of four colonists will arrive.[9]
    2033: The colony will reach 20 settlers.[1]

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