When I’ve previously written about Mars One, the Dutch proposal to send people there on a one-way trip, I’ve expressed a considerable degree of doubt that the entire enterprise was in any way a realistic proposition, and while I would truly love it to be real, I’ve never thought it was, there are simply too many technical issues for which there are currently no viable solutions …
- Radiation – how will they shield their
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- Pressure – Mars does not just lack oxygen, it also lacks pressure and is only about 0.6% of what we find at sea level here
- Temperature – the average temperature on the surface is -55 C (that’s -67F)
All of that, and much more are not trivial issues, and right now they have no credible solutions.
Joseph Roche, one of the final 100 selected to go (I checked, he is really on their list), has been interviewed for a rather interesting article in which he spills the beans about his rather astonishing interaction with the folks at Mars One, and it would appear to confirm much of what I’ve previously written. As a summary, his revelations are as follows …
So, here are the facts as we understand them: Mars One has almost no money. Mars One has no contracts with private aerospace suppliers who are building technology for future deep-space missions. Mars One has no TV production partner. Mars One has no publicly known investment partnerships with major brands. Mars One has no plans for a training facility where its candidates would prepare themselves. Mars One’s candidates have been vetted by a single person, in a 10-minute Skype interview.
In a word “yikes”, they do indeed appear to be all bluster and no substance at all, or to render a more technical description, the entire enterprise is basically nothing more than incandescent vapours and translucent surfaces (smoke and mirrors).
So what is going on then?
I speculate that this is simply a reality TV show and not an actual space mission at all and so the final crew will be stuck in a simulator for us to watch as they think they really are on their way … or … the final crew are actors, and we are all conned into thinking it is real when it is not, or some combination of that.
What however cannot be avoided is that if they persist with all this then somebody is being set for a fall, and it just may be all of us.