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MSU scientists say mission to Mars would be difficult

By KTVM Staff
Published On: Jan 09 2013 06:43:29 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 09 2013 06:49:40 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Have you ever thought of living on Mars?

Well this might be your big chance. The nonprofit Netherlands-based organization, Mars One  wants to send off a series of robotic cargo missions and a handful of humans within 10 years.

Mars One aims to land it's first manned mission by 2023.

But is it even feasible to put people on the red planet in 10 years? The space experts at Montana State University tell us there are some big hurdles to overcome.

"Food,  and water and things to build a habitat on Mars, launching all that material is really expensive."

One and half billion dollars expensive according to Angela Des Jardins, the program director at the Montana Space Grant Consortium.

She tells us safety of astronauts on the mission is also a major concern.

"Here on Earth we are protected by our radiation belts which are generated by our magnetic fields and our atmosphere," Des Jardins said.

Planet Mars has many similarities to Earth -- it's a rocky body, approximately the same time of day, and it has a similar atmosphere. Just because there are similarities to Earth, doesn't mean that human life on Mars wouldn't face any challenges.

"In order to do that they're going to have to shelter them from radiation because with this type of cancer people will get being exposed to radiation, they're not going to live past a year," said Des Jardins.

Mars One does have a plan for staffing and paying for the mission -- a global reality show.

We asked a college student if she would be willing to compete for a trip to Mars. "It sounds great, I wouldn't personally do it, but I think it's cool."

The organization doesn't plan to launch its first robot until 2016, so there's some time to think about your application.