For those who are not aware, “Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars in 2023.” Sounds great, eh? But if you read up further, the true colours of the 21st century start to show. This mission won’t be funded by the government, nor even private investors; it will be funded by selling broadcasting rights for a reality TV show.
Of course, I can’t say whether this is a bad thing: perhaps the show will be an honest, pure representation about life on board the module. On the other hand, even if it is just a frenzy of bitching and gossip, maybe it will at least generate some interest in space travel.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t exactly shown signs of going the down the “honest ‘n’ pure” path just yet: on the websites, visitors are recommended to rate applicants based on a few basic facts, a video introduction and a sentence or two of written explanation – much like an X-Factor style vote-off.
I can say one thing for certain: George Orwell would have been far from excited if he heard that 75 years after he wrote his famous novel, “1984”, we would be documenting the first human exploration (and possibly colonization) of Mars in the form of a reality TV show.
But who knows what good or bad Mars One might bring us?
Big Brother is watching you.