Over 100,000 People Enlist to Colonize Mars

A group over 100,000 people have submitted applications for a one-way trip to colonize Mars in 2022.This means that they are willing to forfeit everything that they know and love for a chance to be the first humans to travel to and cosmoscolonize an alien planet.

There’s something in that concept that’s majestic and kind of poetic, in a way that they are writing human history and taking huge risks to do so. Mars One is behind the project, and when asked on their FAQ, “Why go to Mars?” they responded as follows.

Why did Columbus travel west? Why did Marco Polo head east? Because it is that pull, that unknown, that prospect of adventure that compels humans to seek new frontiers to explore.

It does seem a part of the human condition to explore the unknown, and there are certainly viable reasons for expanding human life to other planetary bodies, but is it even possible, and will Mars One actually be able to pay for such a mission?

The not-for-profit organization plans to fund the $6 billion mission “by making it the biggest media spectacle in history”. This includes reality shows that will follow the astronauts’ eight year training that will teach them medical Mars Oneprocedures, construction and repair, and gardening techniques among many other necessary skills.

 

 

 

These shows will continue as the explorers land and begin developing a livable habitat. I would certainly watch that over the reality t.v. that is currently available, but I’m doubtful that it would be enough to fund the mission. They do have other sources from donations, merchandise sales, application fees, investors, and so on, but let’s just hope that it is enough to get this idea off of the ground.

There are other companies and even universities that are working on similar concepts. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX has mentioned future plans for “Martian bases” and has already made significant progress in private spaceflight.

Would you sign-up to colonize Mars? If the answer is yes, sign-up, applications are still being taken.

Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan

This video to the voice of Carl Sagan explores the vastness of space in comparison to the relative insignificant size of this pale blue dot called Earth. Sagan continues to illustrate the beauty and importance of the pale blue dot through the movements of life.

This dot is the only known vessel for life that is known in this universe, and that fact alone inspires pride and respect for our home… however long we may stay here.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Thick of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fragment of a dot.

 

UK Scientists’ Plan to Put Humans on Mars

Marstronaut

A recent BBC article details an in-depth conceptual project from scientists at Imperial College London to put the first humans on Mars. This concept is intended to illustrate our current progress towards inter-planetary space travel, as well as the challenges and risks that we must still overcome.

The spacecraft will be designed to rotate in such a way that the 3 person crew of “Marstronauts” could enjoy the resulting artificial gravity. This would help with bone and muscle mass loss, and help the re-orientation of the crew to a life on Mars. The craft could slow its rotation to match the Martian rate of roughly 40% of the Earth’s gravitational  pull.

“There are big, big jumps between a demonstration at one level and putting together the engineering systems for a mission, but they are engineering challenges. They are not fundamentally about making new discoveries.” – Professor Tom Pike

This short video has some great visualizations of the spacecraft design and landing scenario along with some good descriptions of the concepts involved.

“Real life Tony Stark” Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, is working on similar goals for transporting humans to Mars. For Musk, electric vehicles and a Hyperloop super-train are just the beginning in his quest to push the boundaries of science and technology.

His company SpaceX is taking the concept of manned Mars missions to the next level. They envision human exploration and colonization, and quite literally “backing up the biosphere”.

The rockets we’re building right now could certainly send probes to Mars, like the Mars rovers and that kind of thing, but the rockets we hope to build in the future are the ones that could take people and cargo to Mars and establish a Martian base.

Seeing these projects starting to gain legitimacy is an exciting thing to behold. The general public is starting to get behind these ideas, and private space flight is gaining in popularity and capability. There’s no telling what the future holds for Mars colonization, but it should be an exciting thing to watch.

Why Do We Explore Space?

This short energetic video by Jason Silva asks the question, “Why do we explore space?”.  Silva among others believe that it is our desire to expand our consciousness. By seeking new horizons we develop new expectations of what the world is and what it can be.

I feel as we explore into the far reaches of the universe, we’re also delving deeper into ourselves. We’re questioning where we came from, what our future holds, and the laws that govern what lies in-between.

When we keep pushing beyond all limits, when we get to Kubrick’s “Beyond the Infinite”, the place where dreams are born…through the wormhole, down the rabbit hole… It’s glorious!

I like these shots of awe because they are short, energetic, positive jolts of futuristic philosophy. They’re a way to experience awe in compact form, and best of all it’s easy to share with others. I Hope you enjoyed.

When we dream of space, we dream of transcendence, we dream of what we might become.

Arkyd 100 – Free and Publicly Accessible Space Telescope

The Arkyd 100 space telescope is a project by Planetary Resources Inc, a company co-founded by technology and science entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson.

The best thing about this is that it will be accessible to the public for Free. Individuals will be able to browse images and live feed from the telescope and for some, even a chance control it.

Arkyd 100

One of the company’s main missions is discovering asteroids, intending to mine them for valuable resources… sounds like a good beginning for a  sci-fi movie.

The crowdfunded Arkyd telescope is for the people… Space exploration is now something that we all can actively join, not merely passively watch. People of every age and background will be able to explore and learn about the cosmos and make their own discoveries.

They started this Kickstarter campaign in which over 17,000 people supported the project landing in the top 25 Kickstarter projects ever. This page goes more in-depth on what the goals of the program are and how they plan to use the funds.

With the campaign beating its goal of $1 million, it will now be able to work with Zooniverse to allow at home users help to locate dangerous near-earth asteroids… The whole thing is kinda like the movie Armageddon, but with less Bruce Willis.

The plans are to release this to the public sometime in 2015.