Will we ever live on Mars?

Recently scientists have been getting excited about the prospects of us living on Mars, and it seems that we are closer than ever to achieving this goal. 100 people have been selected as finalists for the Mars One martian astronaut corps and so from these people, 50 men and 50 women, some could be the first humans on Mars. These people would theoretically travel to, work on and then die on Mars without ever being back on Earth as soon as they have started their journey. These people would feature in a reality T.V. show

However some say that this project is naïve and stands no chance of reaching its launch date of 2018 and so now the organisers have to make a choice, push for the unlikely chance of being ready to launch in 2018, or have a two year delay and take the launch date to 2020, which is the next chance to attempt the launch. A major factor in the unlikeliness of this is that Mars One tried to raise $400,000 but they didn't meet this target. Another factor could be that the two companies working on the mission: Lockheed Martin, who have completed a study of the concept of this mission and Surrey Satellites, who have designed the orbiter have suspended all of their research for now and Mars One have not contacted either company after completing their studies.

Mars One have claimed that all the technology needed for this mission has already been developed, but studies conducted looking into this information have concluded this is not true and the cost to develop it all is astronomical and so it is very unlikely to happen. To sustain this mission the T.V. Show would have to be very, very profitable indeed. Further research has shown that there are high risks of the candidates suffering badly from things such as vulnerability to radiation, starvation and possible illness or allergies from things we don't know about or can do anything to protect ourselves from.

At the moment, it looks like it is very optimistic that the Mars One mission is going to happen, however we are slowly going in the direction of life on Mars, as NASA are keen to put humans on Mars before 2030.