Human Settlement on Mars

Humanity has explored Mars since 1960, and we’ve never been closer. The next logical step for Mars exploration is permanent settlement, where crews that go to Mars stay and build a new society. Humans settling on Mars will inspire us all to make Earth a better place. Technology, scientific understanding, cooperation – is there anything we cannot achieve? The Mars One Foundation will help solve components of Mars permanence: crew selection and training, and technology for local resource use and to grow food. We are a global initiative focused on the greatest adventure of our time.  We are going to Mars. Join us!

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An animated view of Mars One's outpost on Mars.
Mars One transit vehicle

Permanent Settlement

Sending humans to Mars is a phenomenal undertaking by all standards and presents very real risks and challenges. Establishing a permanent settlement is very complex, but it is far less complex and requires much less infrastructure sent to Mars than return missions. Mars One has already started contracting established aerospace companies that will be able to develop the required systems. All systems require design, construction, and testing, but no scientific breakthroughs are required to send humans to Mars and to sustain life there.

A habitable settlement will await the first crew before they depart Earth. The hardware needed will be sent to Mars in the years ahead of the humans. 

The Mission Roadmap

The Journey to Mars

Astronaut Selection and Preparation

The global search has begun for the first humans to set foot on Mars and make it their home. In an extensive training period, candidates will learn the skills they will need on Mars and on their journey there. The combined skill set of each astronaut team member will cover a very wide range of disciplines. In 1000 years, everyone on Earth will still remember who the first humans on Mars were!

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You Make It Happen

The whole world will watch and experience this journey. We are all explorers. Everyone, including you, can participate in space exploration. This can be your mission to Mars!

Join our global effort by sharing our vision with your friends, supporting us and perhaps becoming a Mars One astronaut yourself.

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