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... ... middle of paper ... ...f one day someone could create something that allowed people to talk to each other from Earth and Mars.