Latest update to the "Mars One" project from comedians (and comediennes? Heaven forbid) at Spaaaaaaace.com
Billionaires Wanted to Fund Private Mars Colony
by Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | August 25, 2015 06:00am ET
A captioned picture's text reads, "The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One plans to land four astronauts on the Red Planet in 2027."
Alright, then. So they've blatantly narrowed it down again to the Netherlands — the home of so-called "reality" TV. Never mind that they're promoting themselves in Washington, D.C., never mind that they've changed the date from 2025 (ah, but excuse for this later)  or that the so-called "debate" posed in the whole article is already a year old
!  From that original October 2014 article, we learn that:
"We found [that] carrying food is always cheaper than growing it locally," said study lead author Sydney Do, an MIT grad student. "On Mars, you need lighting and watering systems, and for lighting, we found it requires 875 LED [light-emitting diode] systems, which fail over time. So you need to provide spare parts for that, making the initial system heavier."
Huh? Shipping food is always cheaper
than growing it locally? Is that a mini PsyOp attack against local food production within the Mars nonsense?
Anyway, back to the "new" news as of a week ago, that billionaires may be required
to save the so-called "non-profit" of Mars One (though the headline may almost be misread as a cathartic declaration that we're mailing the billionaires there with a one-way ticket).
Lansdorp made his remarks during an organized debate about the feasibility of the Mars One project, which pitted Lansdorp and Barry Finger, director of life-support systems at Paragon Space Development Systems Corp., a Mars One supplier, against MIT graduate students Sydney Do and Andrew Owens.
So, who is this consistent Lansdorp character and what is his superior-sounding "Paragon" corporation? Take a look yourself :
Since 2008, Paragon has been ranked in Inc. magazine’s “Inc. 5000”, a list of America’s fastest growing companies. In 2011, the Company was ranked #36 in the engineering industry. Paragon is a hard charging company with an adventuresome spirit that was formed in 1993 by Biospherians and Space scientists and engineers who wanted to change the future by creating life support that would allow humans to expand beyond their limits. Paragon “Firsts” include:
- The first commercial experiment on ISS
- The first animals in space to perform complete life-cycles
- The first automated heliostat for use in a public building
Paragon crafted a Vision, Mission and Touchstones in our early days that have stood the test of time. These guiding principles are often referred to in our decision making on strategic and tactical issues and therefore imbued in our culture. They have provided a foundation for Paragon – a life code.
Paragon’s value proposition is to provide its customers with a superior product based on our persistent innovation and attention to the customer’s needs.
To get more familiar with us, we invite you to take a look at our: people, products, projects and services.
Paragon was conceived to combine the expertise of biology, chemistry and aerospace engineering to develop technical solutions to life support and thermal control problems related to human and biological spaceflight.
Paragon was founded by five principal partners including Grant Anderson, Taber MacCallum, Jane Poynter, Dave Bearden, and Alicia (Cesa) Pederson.
Prior to co-founding Paragon, Grant was employed at Lockheed Martin
, Sunnyvale, CA, Taber and Jane were members of Biosphere 2, Oracle
, AZ, David was at the Aerospace Corporation
, El Segundo, CA (where he is still employed) and Cesa was a manager at Lockheed Martin
. Taber served as CEO of Paragon from its inception until his move to serve as Chief Technology Officer of WorldView Enterprises, Inc., a company incubated by Paragon. Jane, formerly President and Chairman of the Board of Paragon, is now Chief Executive Officer of WorldView Enterprises, Inc.
The "Biosphere" experiments are entirely bizarre stories we may as well crack open here at CF one day. But moving on ...
The organization aims to launch a Mars lander and an orbiting communications satellite in 2020, a scouting rover and second commsat (which will circle the sun instead of the Red Planet) in 2022, and six separate cargo missions in 2024. The 2024 launches will loft a second rover, two human habitats, two life-support units and a "supply unit," according to Mars One's website.
The organization has estimated that taking these steps, and then landing four astronauts on the Red Planet in 2027, will cost about $6 billion.
Of course, $6 billion is a familiarly "fragile" number (6 million Jews anyone?) but I don't like to focus on the numbers, as y'all know. The so-called skeptics doubt it's possible to do it with such a fragile number. They suggest a more powerful number will be necessary.
It cost NASA about $102 billion in today's dollars to put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon in 1969, the two grad students pointed out.
Are these numbers actually correct? Does it matter? Space.com has not wasted another effort to sell their stupid tee shirts. Right after the "cynical doubter" puppets (who seem to only be capable of talking economist fuckwit language rather than any real science) rain all over the yearning Dutch propagandists' fantasy, there is an ad for the same old products (the selling of which I suspect may be the underlying purpose of their Mars One articles, aside from the usual propaganda).
But don't bother asking economic
questions at all if you really believe in the scam. Just believe.
"Mars One's goal is not to send humans to Mars in 2027 with a $6 billion budget and 14 launches," he said. "Our goal is to send humans to Mars, period."
After all, if you don't believe in industry charlatans selling widgets, you will all be punished by placing the impossible dream ever further out of your grasp. What is their only hope? Propaganda, of course!
Mars One aims to pay most of its bills by staging a global media event around the colonization project, but the organization needs investment money to pay for work during the early stages. That money has been a bit hard to come by; funding shortfalls were the main reason the manned landing has now slipped to 2027, Lansdorp said.
And how is the start of this "manned" thing meant to be accomplished with a PR/advertisement/propaganda/hype campaign?
The group is trying to raise about $15 million at the moment, which it will use to hire more staff, pay for key studies that will show how to implement the Mars One vision in detail and build a simulated Red Planet outpost on Earth, Lansdorp said.
Aha, there you have it. In order to get your Mars reality TV show, someone'll have to help the pranksters fund the construction of an artificial set!
So what exactly is this invitation/lure/hype advertisement meaning to do? As the article itself points out, there are already
a number of billionaires are already heavily involved in space exploration.
Which makes me
wonder, anyway ... what the smeg is the Mars One main industry company doing appealing to convention fans, and why aren't the numerous billionaires involved in devil-may-care privateering space travel swarming all over an effort that they could supposedly accomplish themselves without public support? And why is this pathetic Mars One model trying to gain public support at all
? Is this entire "Mars mission" a crass, cosmic inflation of the left vs. right paradigm — falsely pitting "do gooder independents" against "billionaire fat cats" in a Hollywood style "open plea" to just throw the public a bone — by giving them something nobody asked for except the propagandists themselves?
Take a look at the list of supposedly populist billionaires that we are meant to hope
will be persuaded by a public outcry for rich people to "save us" — because they supposedly pretend to care for populist efforts for anything other than the most greedy reasons we can guess.
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos started the aerospace company Blue Origin in 2000, for example, and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk set up SpaceX two years later with the explicit aim of helping humanity colonize Mars.
British entrepreneur Richard Branson established suborbital spaceflight company Virgin Galactic in 2004 [Hmmm... Thus, Richard Branson's "suborbital" company is roped into the so-called "space" world? -hp], and Bill Gates' fellow Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started Stratolaunch Systems — which aims to launch payloads to space beneath a gigantic airplane — with renowned aerospace engineer Burt Rutan in December 2011.
And asteroid-mining company Planetary Resources, which was founded in 2012, counts billionaires Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, Ross Perot Jr. and Charles Simonyi among its investors (along with filmmaker James Cameron) [!!!], who has a net worth around $700 million).
But the above billionaires are just the tip of the iceberg: There are 1,826 billionaires around the world, according to a recent estimate by Forbes magazine.
James Cameron again, that annoying movie-making, money-raking-in bastard! Of course he's involved in this hoax, just as he's involved in the 9/11 and Titanic tall tales! This titanic money fraud is an embarrassment to our society, but still — an endless source of public entertainment and education about how our system of greedy schemers manipulates the public on a daily basis. Let us use it to arm ourselves against such fraud and willfully watch the Mars One garbage crash and burn before it has a chance of convincing anyone of its idiocy.
 http://www.space.com/30357-mars-one-col ... anted.html
 "An analysis led by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has identified a few purported problems with the blueprint laid out by the Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2025 as the vanguard of a permanent settlement."
- http://www.space.com/27451-private-mars ... study.html