Mars One Again Delays First Unmanned And Manned Missions

Posted: Dec 8 2016, 7:43am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Mars One Again Delays First Unmanned and Manned Missions
An artist's rendering of a Mars Lander, which will transport the first settlers to the Martian surface. Courtesy of Mars One
  • Mars One Moves First Unmanned Mission to 2022
 

Mars One has just procrastinated its mission to the Red Planet. Now people will not be going to the new world till 2031.

Mars One just announced a five year delay in its plans to travel to the Red Planet with people on board the spacecraft. The human colonization of Mars can wait till 2031.

The previous target year was 2026, according to The Verge. This Dutch mission had as its goal the allowance of human beings to spend their last days on another planet. This planet was to be none other than Mars. 

According to the originators of the scheme, their plans had to be scrapped momentarily since more finance needed to be forthcoming before any such steps could be taken.

Also any expensive measures that had to be taken with relation to the hardware had to take place before this mission got off the ground.

Things had slowed down much to the disappointment of the founders of the mission. Yet that was the way it was and nothing could be done about it except to wait for the right moment in the future. 

While the original schedule has been postponed, now with the new one, things will go just fine. There will be no hitches or glitches. Since the project began in 2012, the program has seen delay after delay.

This is due to the delicate nature of the operation. To put a man on the moon was an easier deal than putting men and women on Mars. Even the public is skeptical regarding this mission. It seems too far-fetched.

Not only will the pecuniary requirements be astronomical, the technological innovations that will be needed will be too much for our current state-of-the-art science establishment.  

Also rumors have built up that the so-called colonists will end up as fatal casualties of this mission. It is a case of one’s reach exceeding one’s grasp.

Besides this, the originators have been accused of misleading the public with big words and grandiose plans which in reality amount to nothing. What started out as an ambitious project had petered out and now remains a mere shadow of its original stuff.

Mars One updated mission roadmap is as follows:

2022: Unmanned demonstration mission sent to Mars. Mars One will use the same platform design as the 2007 NASA Phoenix mission, and plans to work with the same supplier (Lockheed Martin)

2024: dedicated Mars synchronous Communications satellite sent to Mars

2026: Rover that will select the settlement location sent to Mars

2029: Launch all hardware and a second rover. The two rovers prepare the settlement for the arrival of the manned crew. Life support systems will have produced water and a breathable atmosphere before the first astronauts depart

2031: First crew of four astronauts departs and travels to Mars in approximately 7 months  

2032: Landing on Mars of first crew and of the hardware for the second crew

2034: Landing of the second crew and the hardware for third crew

The selection of a spacecraft, site on Mars, crew members and means of survival on the Red Planet all add up to a virtual headache. Close to a trillion dollars will be required for this colonization of Mars. The question on everybody’s lips is that: Is it worth it in the end?

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