Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Slightly Amusing

So, the big argument...will China beat the US to Mars?

It might be moot. Guess who is actually in the lead right now.

The Dutch.

The...what?

To be more precise, a Dutch company, Mars One, plans on landing its first colonists as soon as 2023...using the very model I've proposed on this blog more than once: A one-way trip.

They're fairly modest, and plan for the colony to grow at a rate of four new immigrants every two years...

I'm going to give them a shout out. Even if they don't manage it, they're thinking the way we must think if we're going to become a multi-planet species - no politicians, no crying about 'risk', just going out there and doing it.