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Bas Lansdorp of Mars One, Friday, 8-31-12 August 31, 2012

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Bas Lansdorp of Mars One, Friday, 8-31-12


Guest:  Bas Lansdorp.  Topics:  The Mars One program from a business, financial, engineering, technical, & human factors perspective for Martian settlement.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  We welcomed Bas Lansdorp, founder of Mars One to the program to tell us about the program and respond to a wide array of questions pertaining to the Mars One plan.  For more information, visit their website at www.mars-one.com.  Also, check out their FAQ at http://mars-one.com/en/faq-en. If you want to ask Bas & his team questions, use info@mars-one.com.  Dr. John Jurist joined us as co-host regarding many of the human factors, technical, and media financing discussion topics.  Since our topic addressed many of the same issues with crossover for both segments, I have summarized the program without regard to segments.  We started by asking Bas about the Curiosity landing per the European media and the interest in Holland which is his home.  It was clear that Curiosity fever was strong and exciting across the pond just as it was here.  I then asked Bas to tell us about Mars One.  For the next half hour, Bas talked with us about why he started Mars One, plus he went over in some detail the Mars One plan, including financing, technical, engineering, human factors, and research issues.  After our introduction to Mars One, Dr. Jurist and I began asking questions about the Mars One media financing plan, human factors, micro and partial gravity issues, life support issues, and more.  We covered a broad range of issues including launches, launch state liability, family settlement on Mars, children on Mars, pregnancy, before the launch medical procedures, astronaut selection, etc.  We received several listener emails which we discussed with Bas throughout our 90 minute discussion.  After our initial introduction to the Mars One program, our discussion revolved around Bas responding to our questions and those asked by our listeners.  Some other issues discussed included time line, mission delays, the loss of a resupply mission & its impact on the overall Mars One timeline, RX medications on Mars, solar power as compared to nuclear power for Mars One missions, Mars EDL plans for both cargo and humans, outsourcing components for Mars One and payload integration services & needs, plus settlement sustainability issues with possible timelines.

Please tell us what you think by posting comments and questions on The Space Show blog.  For specific questions for Bas or his team, use the Mars One email address but also do post on the blog for the benefit of all listeners.



1. Andy Hill - September 6, 2012

If the public are the ones chosing which of the 10 astronaut teams will be going who are they more likely to pick?

The steady, competent professionals or the slightly insane nut jobs who make up most of these reality programs, what makes for better TV?

2. alec969 - September 3, 2012

The guest said their astronauts will be very “mentally stable.” he also said that their will be psychogical tensions between crewmembers and that is what people will want to watch. Who else has noticed a contradiction here? Possibly an explosive one?
Apollo astronauts had no “tensions.” not between them, and if they had they covered it up pretty well. They worked perfectly in teams, like a well-oiled machine. That’s why they all came back.
What kind of personalities would a media circus like “Mars One” attract? Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin?
Ice-cold, smooth-working, quiet professionals?
The same way they flock to every insane, pathetic reality TV show, right?
Those shows are like poliitics, they attract certifiables.
Even if by some miracle there wil be financing, solutions to all the problems (bio and engineering), and good execution of this “mission”, the “astronauts” can easily be the cause of a likely bad outcome. Do we want to watch a bunch of crazies trying to repair a failing greenhouse or sweep a square kilometer of solar arrays of Martian dust every day and not to kill each other in the process? Or do we want them to explore? If it works, and I doubt it very much, that’s not the kind of thing I want to see done on Mars and not that kind of people. That is not a Mars mission I would want to see. And I want to see one. A good one. Maybe I’d even go on one one if given the chance. Not on this one, thank you.
Apollo mission were “boring” for the media because NASA wanted their astronauts alive. Boring = safe. Media circus = disaster.

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