Could the reality series Big Brother help us colonize the planet Mars?
A Dutch company is looking to created “the biggest media event ever” by sending humans to Mars starting in 2023. The colonists would then broadcast their lives on the Red Planet 24/7 like the reality series Big Brother does.
Called Mars One, the project would send forty settlers on a one-way trip to the Red Planet over the course of several decades. The first four settlers would take off for Mars in 2023 and two more colonists would make the trip each year.
As the first humans ever to set foot on Mars, they will conduct experiments and explore it, providing “invaluable scientific and social knowledge” with those back on Earth.
“The mission to Mars will be the biggest media event ever!” according to entrepreneur Bas Landsdorp and physicist Arno Wieders, who co-founded the project.
“After all, who would be able to look away from an adventure such as this one?” Lansdorp asks on the project’s website. “Who wouldn’t be compelled to watch, talk about, get involved in the biggest undertaking mankind has ever made?”
Think you might be interested in going? Producers are holding auditions for the show next year. If selected, you’d start a decade of training to get ready to be part of the original four-person mission in 2023.
Between 2016 and 2022, unmanned rovers will bring food, living units, and water, oxygen and atmosphere production units to the planet in advance of the astronauts’ anticipated arrival in April 2023.
If you want to know more, you can visit the Mars One web site.