An Irish astrophysicist involve in an exceptional project which could send him on a one way trip to Mars expresses fears that the program will “fall on its face”.
The Trinity College Lecturer, Joseph Roche, dreads that the Mars One program, which is soliciting monetary donations from candidates, could “damaged the public perception of science”.
Roche told Medium.com, “I have not met anyone from Mars One in person.
You get points for getting through each round of the selection process and then the only way to get more points is to buy merchandise from Mars One or to donate money to them.”
“All the info they have collected on me is a crap video I made, an application form that I filled out with mostly one-word answers…. and then a 10-minute Skype interview,” he added.
“That is just not enough info to make a judgment on someone about anything. My nightmare about, is that people will continue to support it and give it money and attention, and it then gets to the point where it invariably falls on its face,” Roche expounded.
“I have volunteered for a one way mission to Mars, to spend the next 10 years of my life training and preparing so that I might have the opportunity to say goodbye to family and friends, and everything I know on Earth. To venture a bit deeper into the solar system to a cold desolate planet where I would live out the rest of my days,’ he said.
“And how do I feel about such a mission? Just fine and a bit excited. Because Mars is be explored.”
Backed by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, over 200,000 people applied first, to join in the privately funded one-way mission of no return.
Mr Lansdorp said, “These aspiring would be Martians will provide the world with a glimpse into who the modern day explorers will be.”
Due to the exorbitant cost of such a mission, expected to cost more than €5billion, the prospect of return is non-existent.
The handful successful candidates will be staying on the planet to live in pods that is to comprise of “Outpost Alpha”, which would include recreational areas, private areas,living quarters, food production, surface access, life support systems and mission operations, Mars One schemed.