Dutch Startup to Colonize Mars by 2023

TV series will document journey

Nick Davidson

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Dutch startup Mars One has announced a plan to fund the first human settlement on Mars by 2023 with a reality television series that will document the colonization. Mars One plans to send rovers in 2018 to scout a location, followed by a small crew who will build a permanent settlement in 2022. A new group of settlers will join them every two years. Paul Römer, co-creator of the reality TV show Big Brother, backs the plan for a series on the selection and training of astronauts, which will begin later this year. “We expect that almost every person on Earth will witness the landing of the first astronauts on Mars,” Mars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp said. Author Ray Bradbury, who envisioned a similar colonization in The Martian Chronicles, passed away Wednesday morning at 91.

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