Photo Gallery A Mission to the Unknown

Mankind has dreamed for decades of traveling to Mars. Now, a project known as Mars One will soon begin the process of choosing candidates for a mission to establish a colony on the planet set to launch in 10 years. There is no plan to bring them home.
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Mankind has dreamed for decades of traveling to Mars. Now, a project known as Mars One will soon begin the process of choosing candidates for a mission to establish a colony on the planet set to launch in 10 years. There is no plan to bring them home.

Foto: AP/ NASA
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Mars One hopes to begin unmanned cargo flights to Mars to establish the necessary infrastructure. Each team member will have a living unit such as these.

Foto: Bryan Versteeg/ Mars One
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Bas Lansdorp is the CEO of the Mars One project. He hopes to create a gigantic television spectacle that will then finance the project. "The audience will be more excited than they have been since the moon landing,” he says.

Foto: FABIENNE FAUR/ AFP
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Once they get there, there will be no turning back for the candidates. One woman from San Francisco hopes to be the first person to die on Mars.

Foto: Mars One
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The colony will be made up of capsules that are all connected to each other. The plan is for a "reliable living environment" to be established on Mars before the first settlers get there.

Foto: Bryan Versteeg/ Mars One
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This is an artist rendering of what the living space will look like in one of the capsules. Water will be provided by extracting ice particles from the Martian soil and some of it will be broken down to provide oxygen. Solar cells will generate electricity.

Foto: Bryan Versteeg/ Mars One
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This image shows how one part of the colony might look. One of the ironies of the mission is that the adventurers, once they arrive, will be condemned to a sedentary lifestyle.

Foto: Bryan Versteeg/ Mars One
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Part of the colony will be devoted to inflatable greenhouses for the cultivation of food.

Foto: Bryan Versteeg/ Mars One
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The first four colonists are to arrive in 2025 with an additional 20 coming in subsequent months and years. There is little doubt that such a mission is technically feasible. But beyond that, it is viewed with significant skepticism. The biggest hurdle is the price tag.

Foto: Bryan Versteeg/ Mars One
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An artist's rendering of one of the living units. “We aren't sending anyone up there who doesn't like the Earth," Lansdorp says. "Because in such cases, it's not the Earth that is the problem. We need people who have a lot to lose, but want to go anyway.”

Foto: Bryan Versteeg/ Mars One
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The project is looking for adventurers, but also for people who will be able to connect with a potentially vast television audience.

Foto: Bryan Versteeg/ Mars One
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