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Why go to Mars?

Why go to Mars?

by Suzanne Flinkenflögel on Friday, 20th January 2017 in People

As you all know, Mars One aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. It will be the realization of an amazing dream and the stepping stone of the human race on its voyage into the universe. Being there will help answer many scientific questions about Mars. As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe that all things are possible, anything can be achieved. These are just a few of the reasons we believe that humans should go to Mars. But what do you think? Why should (or shouldn't) we go to Mars?

We asked this question to people on the streets of Amsterdam. Take a look at some of the answers:

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When do you think the first humans will land on Mars?

When do you think the first humans will land on Mars?

by Suzanne Flinkenflögel on Friday, 13th January 2017 in People

Ever since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon in 1969, the next logical major step for NASA has been sending astronauts to Mars. However, almost 50 years later, that next giant leap has not been taken yet. So when will humanity succeed in landing the first astronauts on Mars? According to Mars One's mission design and current roadmap, 2032 is a feasible goal. NASA also aims for the 2030's, SpaceX believes the technology to safely bring humans to Mars should be ready in the 2020's, and more organizations and companies have Mars in their sights. And when do you think the first humans land on Mars?

We asked this question to people on the streets of Amsterdam. Take a look at some of the answers:

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Would you go to Mars?

Would you go to Mars?

by Suzanne Flinkenflögel on Friday, 6th January 2017 in People

There are many people that would not trade life on Earth for anything, and certainly not for a seven-month journey in a very small spacecraft to another planet where there aren't any luxuries and one can only walk outside wearing a space suit. At the same time, the idea of going to Mars and discover a planet where no human has been before ignites the imagination of many. Team members Suzanne Flinkenflögel and Willemijn Verhoeve (intern) went out on the streets of Amsterdam to ask for opinions about human missions to Mars. One of the questions we asked, was “If you’d have the opportunity to go to Mars, would you go?”. The answers we received were highly diverse and were the start of some great conversations. Take a look at some of the responses to this question below. 

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Expanding the Audience for Mars One: A Conversation with Nico Marquardt

Expanding the Audience for Mars One: A Conversation with Nico Marquardt

by Vince on Thursday, 15th December 2016 in Expert Opinions, People, Nico Marquardt

Nico Marquardt is an adviser to Mars One on matters involving social media, brand engagement, and marketing. Marquardt is currently the youngest member of the local parliament in Germany. He has created social media strategies for major election campaigns during the 2013 German federal elections and the state elections in 2014 and for corporations like American Express. He is CEO of the Rabbit Consulting Group, a global consulting firm that focuses on digital transformation and improving the management capacity of its clients. He is also a director at the German energy company EWP. This is an impressive resume for any person, but it’s fascinating to note that Marquardt is in his early twenties. All that said, space fanatics may know him even better as the boy who, in the year 2008 at age 13, wrote a research paper about the potential for a collision between a geosynchronous satellite and Asteroid 99942 Apophis, which in the year 2029 will pass only 31,300 kilometers over the Earth, much closer than the moon.

Earlier this year, I asked Marquardt about how he's helping Mars One. In this second of two parts, Marquardt discusses his involvement in Mars One and how marketing positively contributes to going to Mars. Also read part 1: Marketing Mars One: A Conversation with Nico Marquardt.

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