Study: ‘Mars One’ mission not feasible

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A University of New Mexico graduate student with plans to make a permanent move to Mars might not get his chance as soon as he was hoping.

A new study says his mission is truly mission impossible, at least for right now. Mission “Mars One” plans to land on the red planet and establish the very first permanent human settlement in 2025. Zachary Gallegos is a candidate to be a part of the journey.

“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do, so it’s a dream come true, basically,” said Gallegos.

This death wish, dream, or whatever you want to call it, may not be so realistic. A new 35-page MIT study takes a look at whether the mission could work and if it’s even possible for people to survive on Mars. The study says it’s not likely with today’s technology.

“It’s a little worrisome, but it’s something you have to deal with in my line of business,” said Gallegos.

The report outlines three main areas of concern: Mars’ unsafe oxygen levels, unreliable water supply and no clear way to get colonists needed supplies.

Gallegos says he’s happy to have the information now, rather than later.

“This is a good thing for ‘Mars One’ and for space exploration in general to be able to have this report come out and know the problems ahead of time rather than figure them out while you’re there,” he said.

He says despite what the study says, he’s not giving up.

“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s been my plan all along,” said Gallegos.

Gallegos won’t know if he actually gets to go to Mars for a couple more months. If the mission is possible, it would take him more than two years to travel there.

The website for the “Mars One” mission says it will cost $6 billion to establish a colony on Mars using robots and then get the first crew there in 2025. The Dutch-based group in charge of “Mars One” hopes to fund it all through donations and sponsorships.

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