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    Mars One to Spend $6B to Settle Four People on Mars for Rest of Their Lives

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    Bas Lansdorp, CEO of the Mars One foundation seeking to establish a permanent human settlement on the red planet, spoke in detail about the program during the second annual Global SatShow satellite conference and exhibition in Istanbul.

    At a November 29 session called, "Address: Colony Street, No: 2025, Mars," Lansdorp highlighted plans for the human colonization of Mars, as well as the initiative's cost and perspectives.

    Mars has long been the focus of speculation and scientific research regarding human colonization, given that its surface conditions and the presence of water on the planet make it appear relatively hospitable. No human has ever gone so far, but Lansdorp is determined to change that, and soon. The first group of four people is expected to be sent to Mars in 2027.

    Lansdorp admitted, however, that one of the main obstacles in the way of the mission is financing.

    "Every kilo you send to Mars is 100 thousand euros," he said, cited by Daily Sabah, adding that, "the cost of establishing the first colony will be $6 billion."

    Fortunately, there are plenty of people dreaming about life on Mars and eager to provide space pioneers with financial support, among them scientists, engineers, businessmen and aerospace companies from around the world.

    "At this stage, we have found a partner for the sponsorship and publishing rights worth $4.5 billion." Lansdorp said.

    Another issue for consideration is, of course, the psychological readiness of the candidates. One hundred astronauts, selected from 200,000 volunteers, will be trained for the next ten years, in subjects including health, engineering, plant production, and teamwork, to name just a few. Those few astronauts who are chosen for the mission will not just pay Mars a visit, but will live there for the rest of their lives.

    "We are testing the endurance of the candidates under the most difficult conditions. After 10 years of training in all these areas, we are aiming for these people to become fully fit for life on Mars," Lansdorp said.

    The first four settlers will learn of their departure and be chosen on the day of the mission. Once the spacecraft departs, there will be no going back, as friends and family must necessarily be left behind. This may sound terrifying at first, Lansdorp admitted, but not upon reflection.

    "When we think of the people who migrated from Europe to America 100 years ago, they also went and left everything behind," he detailed, adding that the means of communication have improved dramatically. Residents of Mars will not have to wait long for a message to reach its addressee.  

    "You can write from Mars to the world with WhatsApp," he remarked.    

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