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by Ekaterina Gracheva
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Dec 23, 2013
200,000 people from 140 countries have applied for a one-way ticket to Mars. The applicants agreed to stay on the Red Planet for the rest of their lives and be filmed for a reality TV program, according to the company behind the mission, Mars One.
David Mimoun, an Associate Professor at Institut Superieur de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace, (French Superior Institute of Aerospace) for the SUPAERO Engineering Degree, shared his opinion on this topic with the Voice of Russia. He is currently SEIS instrument project scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena California for the InSight mission to Mars.
Is Mars One mission a revolutionary project, in your professional view?
So far, as we understand, 200,000 people expressed their willingness to participate in it. Is it surprising?
Well, yes and no. I think the challenge of starting a new life and the spirit of exploration is always great. This is a really new adventure. On the other hand this is kind of surprising because the risk that they are taking is very high. There is no return ticket, as I said. So, that's kind of surprising.
What are gravity specifications on Mars?
I can hardly imagine women's labour on Mars. What challenges apart from giving birth to a child could the first Mars immigrants face on that surface of the red planet?
How could they potentially be addressed?
I think, with respect to factual things you can always foresee something. I mean, you can double the system, you can send robots in advance, you can try as much as possible to mitigate this. But there will be also some psychological things, because there is no way back, you are far away from your family and your friends, and Earth, and you will not see anyone from your previous life. So, that is kind of a challenge, I would say.
Source: Voice of Russia
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