By taking a hard look at the Mars One project as well as the many challenges involved in sending humans to Mars, Elmo Keep leaves the 3 man project with a very large plausibility hill to climb. Mars One is not only wildly optimistic about the cost in sending 4 people to mars ($6 billion) but their model of using a reality TV show to pay for the project leaves one to wonder how they will be able to raise the money before any rockets leave the ground.
Even setting the funding issues aside we quickly run into technological, scientific and even moral issues with attempting to carry out this mission within a decade. I’m a huge supporter of manned space exploration but I worry that whether this project succeeds or not it may poison the well of public option on the subject.
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Eventually the four Mars One colonists will arrive on an inhospitable alien world, with only themselves for company for two years, until another flight with four colonists is hoped to arrive if they, too, survive the perilous trip through the vacuum of space. They will never speak to anyone but one another in real time ever again; the delay in relaying communications between Mars and Earth is 20 minutes, minimum.
They would be the most isolated human beings in history.