DailyDirt: People In Space

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Hundreds of thousands of people have already applied for a one-way ticket to Mars for the Mars One program to establish a human colony on the red planet by 2023. Funding for Mars One is expected to come from a reality TV show as well as sponsorships and donations -- and even IP licensing from any technology it develops along the way. Mars One appears to have collected over $150,000 in donations so far, so there's at least some interest in the concept (though the total cost for a Mars trip could easily be billions). Here are just a few more links on some other plans to get humans into space. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.


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    out_of_the_blue, Oct 1st, 2013 @ 5:09pm

    Billions short, cuts no ice, two TV shows, and certain death.

    And it's still the most interesting piece since early this morning.

    Techdirt! When tired of substance, get fluffed here!

     

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      Rapnel (profile), Oct 1st, 2013 @ 5:49pm

      Re: Billions short, cuts no ice, two TV shows, and certain death.

      Hey, I hear Politico is looking for another thought provoking hack in their commentary.

       

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    Ninja (profile), Oct 2nd, 2013 @ 3:22am

    After reading about the Jupiter moon issue I'd say that the main issue we face nowadays to explore and settle in other worlds is energy. Once we find a source that can produce substantial energy using little space and resources (yep, nuclear comes to mind but not as it is today) then we will easily go anywhere. With energy you can recycle waste and effluents, you can grow food even in icy and dark places and many more benefits (if the planet has enough water then it's a bonus!).

    Once we reach that point all that'll be left is the psychological issues of being isolated for long, not having sunlight at all etc.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 2nd, 2013 @ 5:00am

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      There are plenty of remaining technological hurdles to maintaining life in space over extended periods - beyond the psychological issues.

       

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