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where are you going to be in April 2023?

it may be a bit far away to fit into even your long term plans at this point, but a passionate team of modern-day explorers have a mission – Mars One will establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. A habitable settlement will be waiting for the settlers when they land. The settlement will support them while they live and work on Mars the rest of their lives. Every two years after 2023 an additional crew will arrive, such that there is a real living, growing community on Mars.

let me introduce you to the characters behind this endeavour to inhabit another planet:

Bas Lansdorp, a born entrepreneur, has been working on Mars One with partner Arno Wielders since January of 2011: “Our plan to go to Mars has evolved quite a bit since we started. Right now, just about everyone we speak to is amazed by how realistic we have kept it. The next step is introducing the project to the world and securing sponsors and investors.”

Arno A. Wielders got his masters degree in Physics in 1997 from the Free University of Amsterdam. In 1998 he co-founded the Mars Society Nederland, part of the international Mars Society with the aim of promoting and supporting a human mission to the Red planet.

Bryan Versteeg has worked for over 20 years in the graphics industry and specifically the last 15 years working as a conceptual artist in the architectural and engineering field. “I’m extremely excited about this project. I have always worked in the architectural field, but my passion is in designs for space missions.”

Suzanne Flinkenflögel is responsible for the marketing and communications of Mars One. Suzanne joined the Mars One team in May 2012. She started out helping on some texts and became a team member shortly after that. “I realized this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I just decided to go for it! I mean, seriously, could you say no if you got the chance to become involved in organizing a manned mission to Mars?!”

and what is a team of explorers with out it’s support base? introducing the ambassador team thus far:

Mary Roach – author of Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Prof. Dr. Ir. Boudewijn Ambrosius – chairman of both the Delft Technical University’s Astrodynamics and Space Missions faculty as the Space Engineering department

Paul Römer – an established expert on grasping the attention of a global public, he was the co-creator of the worldwide television program Big Brother

Dr. Gerard ‘t Hooft – Nobel Prize winner

Dr. Gerard Blaauw – chairman of the Netherlands Space Society

take one part-driving force with one-part daring adventurers and what do you get? a reality series that funds the mission!

Big Brother creator Römer says, ‘When the Mars One founders first approached me, asking whether they could speak to me about a mission to Mars, my first response was ‘these people are crazy. What can they do that NASA’s can’t? That conversation made it clear to me, however. They think so creatively, and outside of the box and the concept of a ‘one-way’ mission is both outrageous and exciting. These aspects are what brought me to the idea of making the mission the biggest media event in the world. Reality meets talent show with no ending and the whole world watching. Now there’s a pitch!’

Your questions answered on the Mars One FAQs here.

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