What a week we had last week with our own visit from the original aspiring Martian himself – Josh Richards!
Josh is one of two West Australian candidates for the Mars One Project. Mars One is aiming to send humans to Mars in 2025! Not only did we enjoy Josh’s enthusiasm to be part of ground-breaking science, we also learned many new facts.
- in 2021 a capsule with food (with 7 years supply of astronaut food), equipment and a solar powered Rover will be launched to Mars.
- The first team will be a group of four – 2 females and 2 males.
- The habitats will be inflatable.
- The gravity on Mars is 1/3 of Earth’s gravity. The reduced gravity will effect a human’s bone density. The astronauts will be exercising up to 3 or 4 hours a day.
- It will take Josh 9 years to train for the mission
- Everything on Mars will be recycled. This includes human waste.
- The radiation is so intense that the teams will only be stepping out of the habitation at night.
- The sand storms on Mars are different to a sandstorm on Earth. This is because of the reduced gravity. Mars has a thinner atmosphere and the sandstorms will be less intense.
- The team will be looking for microscopic organisms but anything they find will be in strict quarantine.
- The only really sad thing about this mission
- is that it is ONE WAY!