A new international group called MarsPolar seeks to overtake Mars One and put a base on Mars by 2029: New Project Aims to Establish a Human Colony on Mars – Science 2.0.
The name comes from the goal of establishing a colony in a polar area of the Red Planet where there is sub-surface water ice available.
The funding plan involves “donations, investments and future business income opportunities”.
- The Science of Screening Astronauts
- Food for Mars
- Brand Engagement
- Candidate Interviews
- Support our Mars Mission
To answer some of the critics, the group has initiated a series of articles they call Inside 360: Introducing Inside 360: looking behind the scenes of Mars One’s mission processes – Mars One
Mars One is proud to introduce Inside 360; a series of in-depth articles that present an inside look into the details and feasibility of the Mars One mission. The first article can be found on Mars Exchange. Subsequent articles will be added periodically.
Mars One has taken the first crucial steps in the process of establishing the first human settlement on Mars. In order to address the questions and concerns that have been raised, Inside 360 will foremost provide an in-depth explanation of the individual phases of the mission. Mars One is continuously improving their mission plans based on advice from advisers and suppliers, and Inside 360 will offer the rationale behind decisions made. The ongoing series will additionally feature interviews with Mars One team members and external experts about the different aspects of the mission.
In the first entry in the series, Norbert Kraft, an expert on the effects of long-duration spaceflight, describes the process used to select candidates for Mars expeditions: The Science of Screening Astronauts – Blog/Mars One Community Platform,
Some recent announcements about the meeting:
- Apollo Astronaut Harrison “Jack” Schmitt to Address 2015 Mars Society Convention – The Mars Society
- Google VP Vint Cerf to Discuss Solar System Internet Design at 2015 Mars Society Convention – The Mars Society
- ISS Director Sam Scimemi to Address 2015 International Mars Society Convention – The Mars Society
- MSL Deputy PI to Report on Mars Habitability during 2015 Mars Society Convention – The Mars Society
Here’s the full Speaker List.