Dutch reality show to offer one-way tickets to Mars

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Dutch reality show to offer one-way tickets to Mars - The Times of India

As the world marvels at the latest US Mars landing, a Dutch start-up is aiming to beat NASA at its own game by sending the first humans to the red planet -- and film it all as a reality show.

The big hitch: it's a one-way trip.

You dont have to worry about the one way thing anyway.

And although there have been a number of successful missions -- including NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on August 5 to hunt for signs of past life and prepare for a possible human mission -- scientists have no way, yet, to get spacecraft back.

Sound discouraging? Not to the man behind "Mars One", mechanical engineer Bas Lansdorp, 35.

He estimates its pricetag at a hefty $6 billion, more than twice the $2.5 billion for Curiosity, and said the idea for financing came after talks with Paul Romer, one of the Dutch creators of "Big Brother", the first reality show in 1999 that was a smash hit and spawned versions, and big profits, worldwide.
 

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Space pioneer to send 80,000 people to Mars in two decades for $ 500,000 per trip - World - IBNLive

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has announced detailed plans to send 80,000 people to colonise Mars by ferrying explorers to the Red Planet for $ 500,000 per trip. Musk, the first private space entrepreneur to launch a successful mission to the International Space Station, said what would begin by first sending less than 10 people could blossom "into something really big".

"At Mars, you can start a self-sustaining civilisation and grow it into something really big," Musk told the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. Laying out precise details and figures to his "difficult" but "possible" plans, the space pioneer says the first ferry of explorers would be no more than 10 people at a price tag of USD 500,000 per ticket, the 'Daily Mail' reported. "The ticket price needs to be low enough that most people in advanced countries, in their mid-forties or something like that, could put together enough money to make the trip," he said.

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