Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mars One: A Reality TV Show in Space

Have you been following the Mars One story?

The mission?

"Human Settlement on Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2024. Our first unmanned mission will be launched in 2018. Participate in this mission to Mars through our crowdfunding campaign."

Image Credit from the Mars One Facebook page
Thinking about this project makes my mind melt.

A sustainable, human settlement on Mars is fantastic enough, but the interpersonal dynamics—the idea of these people living in forced, inescapable proximity amidst a whirlwind of risks just launches this concept to a whole new level of daaaaaaaang.
Bryan Versteed/Mars One
It's hard to imagine how these (over 200,000) volunteers are willing to give up every one of Earth's magnificent wonders for a one way ticket to the harsh isolation and radiation on the Red Planet.

It's not like you can take a break and pop out for some fresh air and a hike, you know?
And what happens if astronaut Dick just can't get along with astronaut Jane?
Murder on Mars?

Sounds like this could get dramatic.
Bryan Versteeg/Mars One-Inside 
Smelling the ratings from 35 million miles away, it looks like a Mars One reality TV show is already in the works, where earthling viewers can vote to send their favorite astronaut hopeful to the Red Planet.

but I'm totally watching it.

I can see it now.

The Real World Mars- With nothing to do but work on building muscle, watch your favorite sexy astronauts get buff, drunk, hooked up and bedded down in their inflatable living units!

Survivor Mars- There's no Redemption Island here. See who can outwit, outplay and outlast without losing their minds. Watch astronauts vote each other OUT without space suits. The tribe has spoken.

The Bachelorette Mars- Which astronaut will win Jane's heart? With romantic dates to hamster cage living units, spacesuit walks to the outdoor rover and canned food delicacies by glow stick light, watch to see which handsome astro-bachelor earns the final rose!
Oh, the anticipation! I'm programming my DVR now.
Would you EVER consider volunteering for a mission like this? 

For more Mars One info, check out this recent NPR article or keep up with project development and astronaut selection news on the Mars One Facebook page here.

Now tell the truth, are you going to watch the reality show? 
Here's to planet Earth, science and what dreams may come.
XOXO From My Hearth to Yours

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