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Non-profit aims to colonize Mars with humans in 2025

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 - 01:34

Dec. 10 - The non-profit foundation Mars One says its goal is to have the first human settlement on the Red Planet in 2025, but first must test out the Martian terrain through a robotic mission. Colette Luke reports.

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Could it be possible to have humans on Mars? The nonprofit Mars One says their goal is to have the first humans on the Red Planet by 2025. But, first, they need to examine the Martian terrain with a lander that will launch in 2018. CEO Bas Lansdorp announced its lead suppliers of this mission at a news conference in Washington. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BAS LANSDORP, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF MARS ONE, SAYING: "Lockheed Martin will build our first Mars lander and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. will build our first communications satellite. This mission is the first step in Mars One overall step in permanent human settlement on Mars." A communication satellite will provide a live feed from Mars. It's the first privately funded mission to Mars with landing and a satellite in orbit. Mars One's human colony in 2025 would have two living units and four other units for life support and supplies. The cost for four humans on Mars... Around $6 billion dollars. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BAS LANSDORP, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF MARS ONE, SAYING: "If you know that the Olympic games are worth about 4 billion U.S. dollars for every Olympics that's organized in broadcasting rights and sponsorships then you can see that a human mission to Mars is definitely going to have a lot of value." Not just value but an out of this world experience, literally.

Non-profit aims to colonize Mars with humans in 2025

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 - 01:34

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