To begin, consider (from Dvice) that:
More at "Millionaire wants to send humans to Mars (and back) in 2018."
|A Martian's best friend?|
As it turns out, lots of people! As in (from The Space Reporter), "Mars One project: More than 100,000 want to die on the Red Planet." That headline is a bit misleading -- the crux being people want to live on Mars -- but even the melodramatic wording proves a point.
There was a time when people moved/settled new lands, they didn't just visit and return. The last time I checked, IIRC, the number of volunteers for a one-way trip to Mars (paying to apply, even) had increased to 200K. For $6B in private investment, it might be doable to send a few permanent settlers. An investment to be recouped by the ultimate reality show ...
(The winnowing has begun. This just in, from the LA Times, a few hours after posting: "Mars One: 1,058 applicants still in contention to start Mars colony.")
Six researchers have spent the past four months living in a small dome on a barren Hawaii lava field at an elevation of 8,000 feet, trying to figure out what foods astronauts might eat on Mars and during deep-space missions.
Have a couple spare months of your own? Forbes reports that "NASA Will Pay $18,000 To Watch You Rest In Bed--Really." But it won't be easy. You can't leave the bed at all during that 70 days. The purpose?
The purpose of the study is to research the effects of microgravity on the human body. The study simulates the effects of long-duration spaceflight by having test subjects lie in beds for the 70 day period. The beds are tilted head-down at a six-degree angle. According to Dr Cromwell, this tilt which causes body fluids to shift to the upper part of the body, sets off cardiovascular events that are similar to what we see in a space flight.
“And by putting someone in bed for a long time, there is also atrophy of the muscle and atrophy of bone density,” she explains.
|Home, future home?|
Let's hear it for free enterprise!