The nonprofit foundation Mars One, which is planning to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars in 2023, has recently started accepting Bitcoin donations.
The project is also accepting applications from the brave people who want to become astronauts and settle the first human colony on the Red Planet. Until now, over 100,000 candidates registered for the selection program. In a near future, the chosen ones are going to be trained and sent to Mars.
“A human settlement on Mars is possible today with the existing technologies. Mars One mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon will captivate and inspire generations; it is this public interest that will help finance this human mission to Mars“,you can read on the mission’s website.
According to the plan, the Mars One project consists firstly of “cargo missions and unmanned preparation of a habitable settlement, followed by human landings”. In the next years, “a demonstration mission, communication satellites, two rovers and several cargo missions will be sent to Mars. These missions will set up the outpost where the human crew will live and work”.
The mission has the goal to put humans on Mars in 2023, taking into account the expansion of the human colony where a new crew will arrive every two years.