Ticket to Mars

If  you want to migrate Mars, here’s your chance. You can book your ticket  through Mars One.

There is, however, one  slight drawback —  it’s one way only.

In 2011, the founding members of the Mars One team came together to develop a strategic plan for taking humanity to Mars,” says the webpage.

The objective is to establish a human outpost on the planet Mars in 2023.

But,  “The Mars One astronauts will depart Earth with the assumption they will never return.

How come? It’s question of money and equipment.  Making the mission  strictly one-way,  “radically changes the mission requirements, reducing the need for return vehicles associated with currently unavailable technologies and far greater costs”.

But there’s another equally important reason:  there’s a point in time,  “after which the human body will have adjusted to the 38% gravitation field of Mars and be incapable of returning to the Earth’s much stronger gravity,” says the website, adding.

“This is due to the total physiological change in the human body which includes reduction in bone density, muscle strength, and circulatory system capacity. While a cosmonaut on-board the Mir was able to walk upon return to Earth after thirteen months in a weightless environment, there may be a duration on Mars after which the human body will not be able to adjust to the higher gravity of Earth upon return.”

Behind the project is Holland’s Bas Lansdorp, co-Founder and general director.

And among the advisors are doctors Raye Kass, an associate professor of applied human sciences at Concordia and her brother, James, James Kass, a space physicist.

Kass and his sister Raye,  both on the stuff of  Montreal’s Concordia University who  took part in the 1999 Simulation of Flight of International Crew on Space Station (SFINCSS) project in Moscow’s Institute for Biomedical Problems.

The 240-day project was the longest space flight simulation ever achieved, and Concordia was the only Canadian university involved,” says the university’s Thursday Report.

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