Oct 29

Humans could be sent one-way to Mars under ambitious plans being investigated by NASA to permanently colonise other planets in space.

Space agency officials confirmed feasability studies were under way to asses whether astronauts could be permanently sent to the red planet, or its moons, to establish human colonies.

The multi-billion pound mission, titled Hundred Years Starship, is being spearheaded by the Ames Research Centre, one of NASA’s main research centres, based in Moffett Field, California.

Officials from the Pentagon’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are also heavily involved in turning the science fiction idea into a reality.

Early estimates put the cost of such a mission, which has “just started” at more than £7 billion and could be achieved by 2030.

Scientists have been given £600,000 government grant – including £100,000 from NASA – to start research into the idea, according to US reports.

The world’s billionaire’s, including Larry Page, Google’s co-founder, have been asked to help fund the project.

Pete Worden, the Ames director, confirmed the plans to a conference in San Francisco at the weekend.

“You heard it here. We hope to inveigle some billionaires to form a Hundred Year Starship fund,” he told the Long Conversation event at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

“The human space program is now really aimed at settling other worlds. Twenty years ago you had to whisper that in dark bars and get fired.

“Within a few years we will see the first true prototype of a spaceship that will take us between worlds.”

Such a space journey would take up to nine months with volunteers embarking on the mission knowing they would never return to earth.

This is because the cost of returning astronauts to earth would make the project prohibitively expensive. Supplies would be sent to make them self-sufficient.

Such a mission would be gruelling for humans with forbidding conditions including sub-zero temperatures and a thin atmosphere.

Mr Worden said Mr Page was keenly interested in the project.

“Larry asked me a couple weeks ago how much it would cost to send people one way to Mars and I told him $10 billion and his response was, ‘can you get it down to 1 or 2 billion’,” he said.

“So now we’re starting to get a little argument over the price.”

But he admitted that he did not know how such a mission would work in reality.

“How do you live in another world? I don’t have the slightest idea,” he said.

“If you’re a conservative, you worry about it killing us; if you’re a liberal, you worry about us killing it.

“I think things like synthetic biology have lot of potential for that. I think rather than make an environment on Mars like Earth, why don’t we modify life … including the human genome … so it’s better suited to [Mars]?”

A DARPA spokesman later confirmed details of the mission.

“A key element of the study is exploring models by which sustained co-investment by the private sector in these areas can be incentivised,” he said.

“The study is currently in the early formulation stage, but will be entirely open and unclassified, with more details forthcoming in early 2011.”

It comes as researchers claimed such a human mission was technologically feasible and was cheaper returning astronauts to earth.

Their new study, in the Journal of Cosmology, found the costs of safely returning a crew would eat up the majority of such a mission’s budget.

Dirk Schulze-Makuch, from Washington State University and Paul Davies, from Arizona State University, said four volunteer astronauts could undertake the first mission to permanently colonise Mars.

“A one-way human mission to Mars would not be a fixed duration project as in the Apollo program, but the first step in establishing a permanent human presence on the planet,” they said.

“There are many reasons why a human colony on Mars is a desirable goal, scientifically and politically.

“The strategy of one-way missions brings this goal within technological and financial feasibility.”

They added: “Nevertheless, to attain it would require not only major international co-operation but a return to the exploration spirit and risk-taking ethos of the great period of Earth exploration, from Columbus to Amundsen, but which has nowadays being replaced with a culture of safety and political correctness.”

Such a mission would come with natural “ethical considerations”, they admitted.

By Andrew Hough
Published: 7:30AM BST 28 Oct 2010

Source: The Telegraph

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73 Responses to “NASA plans to send volunteers on ‘ONE-WAY mission to Mars to colonise planet’”

  1. Restiamo Umani Says:

    I will gladly volunteer and die on Mars. I’ll do anything I can to inspire people to change their outdated paradigms and perpetual self-destruction. If this voyage will inspire even just a few children to dream of a better tomorrow, I will gladly sacrifice myself because I truly believe we can make a better world that works for all of humanity. And I am not just saying that.

  2. erik Says:

    Hello every one,well i would definitly go if N.A.S.A was not so peaky of with who they want, they want some1 young some1 mid 20s , with a life expectency of 20 to 40 years, <<<time very important .in great health
    some 1 with great I.Q point fo nasa
    some 1 that can deal with solitary .. point for me.
    i can go on and on .the fact nasa needs the gnny pig. the firs test nasa has done on us for that trip is this why and who in their right mind would want to go on a 1 way trip to mars y .that is their question .
    if u qualify u got ticket. they know they not going to get scholars to raise there hands or great scientist so they gonna get brave ppl and train in every way they can . how many are they sending ?male ,female ?. i mean is so much to consider.

  3. Mohammad Iqbal Basalamah Says:

    I’m 33, a small entrepreneur n having a big interest in space/astronomy. My kids absolutely will find it hard for them, but later they will understand n proud to see their father to be one of the first human civilization outside our planet.

  4. Wouter Says:

    I volumteer to go. Have lots of skills and expertise to be self sufficient

  5. Hassan Says:

    I`m from IRAN and i`m volunteer and ready 100% to go. I can adapt myself with any situation fast. The thing is i studied aviation and i like sky, space and other planet. The desert i growth there s not to much different different with mars i think. except winter in mars that go to below 100 degree centigrade.

  6. Scott Says:

    If offered to go I would, Id ask to be armed for unknowns, but id go and survive.

  7. Scott Says:

    If asked i would go, but Id ask to be armed and I would survive – that’s for the moral officer

  8. İlgar Says:

    I want to be a volunteer. How can i contact?

  9. JUNE Says:

    YOUR all crazy, or possibly loosers, wanting to find “dragstick” measures to escape your earthly responsibilities. Send them all to Mars! Immediately!

  10. hey Says:

    i want to go to mars too…fuck earth.. NASA please contact me Im ready 4 to go!

  11. hemant sanghvi Says:

    if nasa belive on tecnology and skills.that mission will never be one way mission.iam mbbs student..give me opporutnity.i will come back from mars..i serve me as volunteer.for any misson..for medical rearch there…



  13. Matloob Ahmed Says:

    i am looking forward to see new horizons of the universe. inter planet travelling is always amazing for me. i am petroleum Technologist and have vision to see world my eyes and mission to help my kind to flourish. God is looking towards those who work to know his knowledge.

  14. Miroslav Says:

    Where can I sign up?

  15. Alan Hayman Says:

    I am a builder and engineer. I would go tomorrow if asked. Please send me the requirements and what I have to do to sign up. I would be honoured to be involved with the fist colony on Mars.

  16. JuanTamad Says:

    I would like to nominate my wife to be a volunteer on one way mission to Mars

  17. Joseph Lee Gann Says:

    Exploration is the fuel for human existence, how do I volunteer?

  18. jefferson thomas Says:

    im ready to go down in the history books.im 44 n dreamed of this my whole life.


    Hello NASA

    I wish to build first movie screen on Mars. Yes just The Big Screen and watch how many Humanoids or none Humanoids will show up to watch the movie. The first name of the movie will be “Beyond The Quest” I promise it will be free of charge. But I need to have The All Rights Reserve to film the entire Red Carpet
    Appearances. Any help from you please let me know…

    Sincerely Yours
    Mireck Adam Kullitt

  20. D. Asberry Says:

    I wish to volunteer for the mission.

  21. Jack Weiss Says:

    I want to volunteer for the mars mission. I’m 75, have looked at the stars and constellations since my teen years; read Bradbury’s “Martian Chronicles” as a young man…and twice since. Love of flight led me to qualifying as an ultralight pilot in my later years. Veteran USAF, honorable discharge 1961. Have followed all of the shuttle flights but have always hoped for more discovery that is relevant to us on earth.

  22. rosiller cabrera Says:

    I am willing to volunter …i am …a filipino 30 yrs old… male…physicaly fit strong…
    and I am a survivor… even if I’m alone

  23. D LOCO Says:

    ready for take off just tell me where and when

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