A $6 billion reality show set on Mars is being planned by a Dutch company that wants to put humans on the Red Planet by April 2023, reports the Huffington Post.
The company, Mars One, aims to send four humans to Mars, where they’ll stay for the rest of their lives – there’ll be no return ticket from this adventure, making it a hell of a commitment for whoever gets involved. The Mars One project, essentially, is the ultimate version of Big Brother (fittingly, the popular TV show originated in the Netherlands). Though probably with less canoodling in jacuzzis.
While this may sound like a back-of-a-fag-packet kind of plan, it has some serious brains behind it – including Nobel laureate Gerard ‘t Hooft. Hooft says funding will be secured by creating the “biggest ever” media event around the project. He said:
“This project seems to be the only way to fulfill humanity’s dream to explore outer space. It is going to be an exciting experiment. Let’s get started. This is going to be a media spectacle; the whole world will be watching and experience this journey.”
And there’s a timetable for the project already – by 2016, the first Mars One satellite and supply missions will launch via SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket. In 2018, a large planetary rover will be sent to Mars, where it will locate suitable territory and begin building a colony for the humans who will live there. In the meantime, aerospace companies around the world have been contacted, and have confirmed the necessary components for such a mission are all readily available, at a price.
If escaping to Mars for a few decades appeals to you, you better start prepping soon for your interview – the selection process will begin in 2013. Here’s a short film introducing the project: