Well that’s pretty much going to come true in a decade.
Mars One mission is a non-profit organization founded in the Netherlands and they have decided to establish Human settlement on Mars by sending the first set of humans, four in number, to Mars.
Before the first men are sent to Mars, eight visits shall be made there by unmanned probes carrying all the necessary equipment for these people and keeping it there waiting.
Equipment including Solar panels, power stations, tanks and etc.., For the first few years, until these astronauts develop the necessary technology needed to extract oxygen from the Mars’ soil they’re expected to breathe out of a tank and they’re expected to use water from such a similar arrangement. Imagine these people taking showers uh? Hard time.
Well, however, all these people are to be chosen amongst applicants from all over the world, no pre-requisites, just a health certificate from their physician saying that he’s good to go.
Now the major question for us will be, why Mars? Why not Pandora, since we have already made a blockbuster movie with them? Or Why not any other floating mass in space?
Well, research shows that Mars is the closes planet to Earth that can possible sustain life. Due to its, oxygen storage in the soil and also the 1%-of-earth-atmosphere which could shelter all the life forms from the Sun’s harmful radiations, it is considered the most ideal choice.
Some of the major hurdles include the dusty nature of Mars, this is besides all the failure of launching or midway crisis or alien abduction etc.., the dust on Mars is so much finer than that on Earth. Manufacturing devices to overcome that is quite impossible as we have none there yet to inform us about anything.
However, there is ongoing manufacturing and research on drones and robots for the maintenance.
However Mars One does ensure that these astronauts will be able to even plant trees there. That could help a lot actually, perhaps a swing every once in a while. For the first few years the astronauts are expected to build a suitable environment there for themselves and the others who will be incoming in short intervals.
The lives of these people shall be telecasted to us on a reality TV channel that shall be running 24/7/265. Now coming to the rates of data transmission and connection between us and them, it shall be pretty much like Skype™-ing with our near and far but across a larger distance, much much larger in fact, distances with number of zeroes that our calculator can’t cash. The time lag is expected to be around 3 and half minutes or so. The connections are to be established through satellites and since the data will be still being travelling at the speed of light, the time lag is actually pretty small.
Example, the typical reply time for a Whatsapp™ message would be 6 minutes, ignoring the fact the recipient might be angry with you and ignore your messages. So yea, technology, in that case, may take the blame.
How safe is this? Letting aside accomplishing our goal of polluting not only our planet, we are expected to have a safe journey and wonderful stay. Rovers are to be sent from the year 2016 and they shall find out the ideal living spot for the people to reside and research, besides reading and playing casual games.
It shall be quite some time before we have fashion shows and other glamorous activities airing from there. These Martians will know about a sport’s match result only after we actually get tired of screaming.
PS. Yes, you haven’t read anything about NASA in this. It’s true. Their involvement in this is yet quite small.