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  •  Mars One doesn't have financial backing. (8+ / 0-)

    Which means, essentially, it won't happen - not in that particular incarnation.  Not having the money would make a $50M venture with merely innovative technology unlikely to succeed.  Human colonization of Mars is a $50B venture requiring a straight-vertical learning curve.

    Inspiration Mars, however - the two-person flyby stunt venture - is about a $1B venture and has $100M in funding via Dennis Tito.  There's still no guarantee it will be able to get the rest in time for the 2018 launch window, but $100M invested in the project will still be massively stimulative to the entire field.

    Without a strong safety net and living wage, all labor is forced labor.

    by Troubadour on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:07:13 PM PDT

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