These Guys Want to Launch a Reality Show on Mars in 2023

By: Josh Wolford - August 14, 2012

A human settlement on the Red Planet is only about a decade away, according to the folks at the privately funded space project Mars One.

“Mars One will take humanity to Mars in 2023, to establish the foundation of a permanent settlement from which we will prosper, learn, and grow,” they say. “Mars One has developed a precise, realistic plan based entirely upon existing technologies. It is both economically and logistically feasible, in motion through the aggregation of existing suppliers and experts in space exploration.”

Their model is fairly simple, in a way. The first crew will take a 7-month journey to Mars, and a new team will join the settlement every two years. Mars One says that there could be over twenty people living there by 2033. The first team of astronauts will be limited to four.

Of course, something like this must be privately funded – and it would cost a pretty penny. Mars One estimates that putting the first team on the planet and establishing the colony would figure to run them about $6 billion.

In order to help with funding, Mars One has an interesting idea. Basically, they want to turn the whole thing into a reality TV show.

“Following the landing, huge audiences will tune in regularly to see how our people on Mars are doing, how the relationships are developing between the astronauts, how they are dealing with the conditions and daily challenges, and how the scientific and habitat development work is progressing,” they say.

“From a business perspective, the media spectacle approach is interesting, because it makes it possible to generate revenue, and solicit interest from sponsors, before actually going to Mars.”

But no fake drama here, they say. The experience of living on Mars would be thrilling enough. They wouldn’t need to resort to manipulations like The Real World or The Bachelorette. Seriously, watching people live on Mars would probably be good enough.

Mars One has a giant FAQ section that covers the financials, mission specs, technology, health concerns and ethics, and well as information on participation. It’s definitely an idea that sounds far out to most people, but man is it exciting to think about. With the Curiosity rover just touching down on the Martian surface last week, space exploration is on everyone’s mind.

And that’s a good thing.

Josh Wolford

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  • Clemons Kunkel

    They had it planned for 2025 but teck is moving too fast that’s why 2023, it will change again and be closer to us. Our learning curve is in the uphill swing. When I was growing up, no one had a cell phone. Now kids play with them like a toy. I even down load app for my beautiful granddaughter. She loves my phone. Things are a changing worldwide… COOL. You can down load the Mars Clock app for the lost of time on Mars there time is slower than earth time. Fact! We know time is different. The faster you go it slows down. Science is way COOL. We do have the ability to live off world and it not like we just thought of this. We had people living in biosphere for years. We even have a way to get around, Check out NASA Desert Rats program on people driving off world in their cool ride. Watch a cool make believe world on what we need to do when we get there it called Darwin IV on YouTube. The space race is on once more even Google wants to mine asteroids for the mineral deposits. This all will work because the world is now connect throw the internet. And the entire phone apps is connecting more and more people and their ideas. It is cool to watch. The world is going green with the cool program called ..Reinventing Fire. This knowledge is also what is being use in space. Living of world we need. WHY ? Because there are just too many of us. 7 Billions and counting. Google wants to mine asteroids, why, because of all the mineral deposits on them. Do they have MONEY… only BILLIONS and he is not alone. There is money in space and that’s where the investor will go ..Why? Because that’s what they do, Make Money in good Investments. We all ready have private firms that supply the ISS you know.

  • John

    If I could really walk outside and breath on Mars, I would probably go, but to be stuck inside a suit or a pod forever is not worth it.

  • Daniel

    If you want to know what it’s like to live on Mars, move to Arizona!