Fifty four years after NASA put a man on the moon, a Dutch Company has announced plans of Sending First Ever Space Mission to Mars to colonize Red Planet by 2023.
The mission, named “Mars One,” is led by Bas Lansdorp, a Dutch researcher with a Masters in Science from Delft University of Technology. The plan is to send a communications satellite to the planet by 2016 and after several stages finally land humans on Mars for permanent settlement in 2023.
“By 2033 there will be over twenty people living, working and flourishing on Mars, their new home,” Mars One’s mission statement says.
A habitable settlement will be waiting for the settlers when they land. The settlement will support them while they live and work on Mars the rest of their lives. Every two years after 2023 an additional crew will arrive, such that there is a real living, growing community on Mars. Mars One has created a technical plan for this mission that is as simple as possible. For every component of the mission they have identified at least one potential supplier.
The mission will be led by Bas Landsdorp, a Dutch researcher who previously co-founded Ampyx Power, an alternative energy start-up.
For those who doubt the group’s ability to put the first man on Mars, Mars One has won the support of Gerard ‘t Hooft, a Dutch physicist who won the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics.
“This is an extraordinary project by people with vision, imagination,” Hooft says in Mars One’s introductory video. “This is really something that can be achieved.”