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I saw this and thought of The Martian story

PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:08 pm
by trickykid
Anyone here heard of http://www.mars-one.com?

Have a look at this video...http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6QoEEGySGm4

Saw the vid and the website. Couldn't help but think of the Andy Weir story.

Re: I saw this and thought of The Martian story

PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 1:55 am
by Andy
Yeah, I saw that in the news when it went by. It's a ridiculous claim. There is no way we could get to Mars by 2023. That's just 9 years from now.

They plan to finance it by creating the "Biggest media event in the world". Yes, it would be quite an event. But it's unlikely to generate the several hundred billion dollars that a manned mission to Mars would cost.

For reference, the Mars Science Laboratory (currently en-route to Mars) cost $3.5 billion.

-ATW

Re: I saw this and thought of The Martian story

PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 3:45 pm
by trickykid
Andy wrote:Yeah, I saw that in the news when it went by. It's a ridiculous claim. There is no way we could get to Mars by 2023. That's just 9 years from now.

They plan to finance it by creating the "Biggest media event in the world". Yes, it would be quite an event. But it's unlikely to generate the several hundred billion dollars that a manned mission to Mars would cost.

For reference, the Mars Science Laboratory (currently en-route to Mars) cost $3.5 billion.

-ATW


Yeah I agree that 9 years seems a tad too close.

However, I do think that private sector funding would be the way to go. Reading your story and watching those vidoes just got me day dreaming.

Re: I saw this and thought of The Martian story

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:32 pm
by pablohunny
Ummm, just a quick check. It is still 2012, no? Therefore 2023 is 11 years away, not 9.

That's an increase in project time of over 10%!

-A-

Re: I saw this and thought of The Martian story

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:23 pm
by Andy
Math is hard.

Re: I saw this and thought of The Martian story

PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:05 pm
by trickykid
Andy wrote:Math is hard.


Like the lemming I am, I didn't even bother to check if your math was correct, I just assumed.