Mars One founder Bas Lansdorp, the billionaire behind the mission to establish a colony on the Red Planet in the coming few years, said the launch date of the mission was pushed from 2025 to 2031, but it will happen.
Lansdorp admitted that the Mars One mission will have to face some serious challenges, but his team will surely overcome them. He noted that some cosmonauts spent a decade is space, which means that the human body is versatile enough to survive on Mars.
The Mars One mission is a privately funded space mission designed to enable humans to settle on Mars. The mission accepted applications from thousands of people from around the world who agreed to live, conduct scientific research, and die on the Red Planet.
Lasdorp said the mission will cost $6 billion, and the funds will come from a “good business case”. Some of the money was donated by a Hong Kong-based firm called World Stock & Bond Trade Limited.
Mars One Estimated to Land Men on Mars in 2032
However, Mars One will face fierce competition as the United Arab Emirates, the U.S., and even India have their own planned missions for the Red Planet. The UAE plans to land a probe on Mars by 2021.
Lansdorp said that the mission’s initial goal was to send a manned mission to the Red Planet by 2025. But, plans have changed because the mission took more time to raise the necessary money. The launch date was pushed to 2031 and the actual landing to 2032.
The businessman addressed criticism about his mission, saying that not everyone is willing to take such big steps. However, with no risks, the mission will never happen. He noted that 200,000 people agreed to go to Mars and never come back, but only 10 percent stayed when they learned they had to pay a symbolic administration fee of $25.
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