Friday, October 22, 2010

Stumble Findings: Permanent Mission to Mars

How would you like to go to Mars? Explore a new frontier, brave the unknown, discover a new world, never see your old home or acquaintances again...

Wait, what?

You heard me correctly. NASA and DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a branch of the Defense Department)  have joined forces to create a plan which will take humans to Mars--and leave them there for good.

Here's an excerpt of the article linked above in case you want to glance through before committing a whole new tab to this topic:

"NASA and DARPA have joined forces to build something called a Hundred-Year Starship, according to the director of NASA’s Ames Research Center. Simon “Pete” Worden said NASA contributed $100,000 to the project and DARPA kicked in $1 million.

“The human space program is now really aimed at settling other worlds,” Worden said, according to a Singularity University blog that covered the event. “Twenty years ago you had to whisper that in dark bars and get fired.” (Worden added that he was fired by President George W. Bush.)
Beyond that, there are no details. But the prospect of a DARPA-NASA spaceship collaboration for Star Trek-esque exploration sounds thrilling — even if by definition, a 100-year ship means leaving Earth and never coming back" - Popular Science

Interesting stuff. I recommend you read the article (and click the links there, as well) if this topic tickles your fancy. Hopefully someday soon we'll live the future the past thought we'd be living by now.

Make it so!





  1. wait why would you leave people on mars??

  2. ehy rlly a good and interesting post!

  3. TechnoMac: Because most of the prohibitively high costs for traveling to Mars stem from having to bring people back from the red planet. If they're left there, then that cuts out that issue.

    Razotek: thanks!

  4. settling other worlds that would be cool

  5. hmm really interesting, don't know what i'd to to be honest if the opportunity presented itself

  6. Somehow I don't think there will be a shortage of qualified volunteers.

  7. Is dat cool? Dunno.
    Without any doubt it is interesting.

  8. I wish I had the guts to do something like this. I guess I never really realized how much I loved Earth until I read that I have the option to leave it. : ( More power to anyone gutsy enough to do this. Hope they'll take pics and put them on Facebook!

  9. Dude, seriously... That is sick amazing !!

  10. this is awesome. Keep it up, I'll be around.

  11. it would be cool to live on mars!