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Dutch group plans to colonize Mars by 2023 (VIDEO)


Screenshot from the promotional video for the Mars One mission.



A Dutch group has announced plans to set up a small living station on Mars by 2023.

The extra-terrestrial living plan, dubbed Mars One, is led by Bas Lansdorp, a researcher from the Netherlands with a Masters in Science from Delft University of Technology, according to PC Mag.

The plan is to send a communications satellite to the planet by 2016 and after several stages finally land humans on Mars for permanent settlement in 2023.

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The Sydney Morning Herald summed up Lansdorp's mission into three simple steps:

Step one: send a communications satellite to Mars in 2016. 

Step two: follow up with a Red Planet rover in 2018, which will trawl the dusty landscape, scoping out some of the best spots to start a colony.

Step three, in 2020: send infrastructure for the colonists to live in, including solar panels and machines that will convert the Martian elements into water and oxygen.

Then on September 14, 2022, Mars One will send its first four residents to their new colony on Mars. They will send two more colony members every two years.

The company is very specific in stating that this will in fact be a one-way ticket. The astronauts who go to Mars will live there for the rest of their lives. 

To finance this mission, Lansdorp said they will create the biggest media event the world has ever seen. They will do so with help from Mars One ambassador Paul Römer, co-creator of the Big Brother reality TV show.  They said viewers will be able to watch the astronauts make their journey, and also choose which candidate gets to go, according to Daily Galaxy. 

Before you quickly laugh off their plan as a pipe dream, watch their rather amateur presentation video that features Gerard 't Hooft, a Dutch theoretical physicist and winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics, lending his support to the project.