I’d say I told you so, except that I didn’t tell you — it was such a ludicrous concept that I didn’t believe it when I first heard it. Mars One is this scheme to get 100 volunteers for a one-way mission to Mars first, and then develop a way to get them there second. It’s not working. The project is falling apart.
So, here are the facts as we understand them: Mars One has almost no money. Mars One has no contracts with private aerospace suppliers who are building technology for future deep-space missions. Mars One has no TV production partner. Mars One has no publicly known investment partnerships with major brands. Mars One has no plans for a training facility where its candidates would prepare themselves. Mars One’s candidates have been vetted by a single person, in a 10-minute Skype interview.
Then there’s the weird business of trying to bootstrap themselves into solvency by creating ‘celebrities’ who’d get paid interviews, and then spit back 75% of their celebrity cash to Mars One. That’s only going to work with an obliging media that adores superficial flash over content…wait. That might work. That’s the only kind of media we’ve got.
OK, now announcing Europa One! I’m looking for 1000 volunteers to be flash-frozen in liquid nitrogen, launched to Europa, and then take up living under the Europan ocean. My grand plan is to launch a nuclear bomb to blast a hole in the ice first, and then have the Europa One rocket splash down inside it, where everyone would gently thaw out on immersion.
That’ll work, I’m sure of it. Send money now.
And look, it’s a giant ocean of liquid water. It’s got to be more hospitable than Mars. Send more money.