The idea to colonize Mars is thought to be a long shot but researchers believe it is possible. It’s crazy to think that one day there could be another planet like Earth. However, the researchers for the Mars-one program have been figuring out ways to do it. Mars is about 35 million miles away from the earth so one of the hardest parts of it all will be getting there (UCSB). To successfully colonize Mars you need to know; how to get there, who would go, and how to survive once you’re there.
A lot of people think since Mars is much farther than the Moon that is would take a bigger spaceship to get there but this is not true. Researchers say that Mars can be reached with a small spaceship, like the one that took astronauts to the Moon, which would be launched directly to Mars (Zubrin). “According to Mars One’s mission plan, it will begin sending up unmanned craft by 2018, to establish a base and communications center, followed in 2022 by unmanned craft with settler supplies and also robots to begin assembling water and oxygen processing equipment” (Jordan). This process will then be repeated once the first crew reaches the Red Planet in 2025 (Jordan). The Mars One program believes it will need around $6 billion to send the four inhabitants to start the Mars colony and $4 billion to launch each of the following crews (Moskowirz). The timing of the launch needs to be at a time when Earth and Mars are an optimal distance to one another, however this only happens every 26 months and since Mars is much farther than the Moon, the journey would take around 8 months (Stoltz). The main thing that will make this a success is following a “travel light and live off the land” strategy (Zubrin). The plan to approach Mars like this is called “Mars...
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...f one day someone could create something that allowed people to talk to each other from Earth and Mars. Even though this seems out of reach I believe that with all the advanced in technology the future hold it will be possible.
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