The Mars One Project is already in it's early stages with the aims of sustaining a human colony on the planet within the next forty to one hundred years.
At least 100 individuals have been selected as potential candidates to form part of the experiment.
Chief Executive for Mars One Project Bas Lansdorp joined Azania to talk about the project and why he believes a crew should be sent there to stay.
Everything is really still in the early phases but the world is actually much further ahead than you might expect. Nasa could do a human mission to Mars very quickly.— Bas Lansdorp, Chief Executive for Mars One Project
What is a big unknown in the Nasa mission is the return trip. Nobody knows how to get humans from Mars back to earth and I actually believe that it cannot be done, I don't think you can send the first crew to Mars with the intention of returning them. Mars one is very different. We send humans there to stay.— Bas Lansdorp, Chief Executive for Mars One Project
I think everybody has some kind of interest. Some people want to go, that is a really good reason why we should do this. There is also a technology spin off, it will give us agriculture with less water and energy requirements, better recycling...— Bas Lansdorp, Chief Executive for Mars One Project
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