The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany is excited to announce that co-founder Omri Amrany is part of an elite group of people selected for a chance to go to the planet Mars. Out of 200,000 applicants, the privately planned space mission called Mars One has cut their list of possible space explorers down to just 1,058 contestants from all over the world.
Among them is Omri, who was thrilled when he found out the news last week. “I’m ready,” he declared. “Wanting to go live on Mars is no crazier than wanting to be an artist today. You always find yourself on a vast open cultural desert.”
The mission of Mars One is to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars—a feat that is possible using existing technologies. Plans include launching four-person crews by 2024, and sending more astronauts up to the Red Planet every two years thereafter. Crews who make the final cut will undergo extensive training to learn important skills such as how to cope with the difficult living environment on Mars, and technical training like making repairs to their unique habitat and sustaining their resources.
Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp plans to fund the costly project by broadcasting the unfolding living history as a reality TV program that will document every step of the space crew’s training and journey, on a 24/7 basis. Lansdorp predicts that advertisers will shell out billions with the hopes that the world will be watching what he claims will be the world’s greatest TV reality show. The final astronaut selection process will kick off the show, which will continue on through their first years of living on Mars.
The Mars One organization has mapped out major upcoming plans and goals for the mission on their website. The final plans include sophisticated accommodations on the oxygen-free, desert-like planet, along with communication satellites, and an intelligent Rover that will help determine the ideal location for the settlement. The settlement will include livable dwellings, greenhouses, and plenty of air to breathe.
If you would like to help Omri and support the first manned landing on Mars, please consider donating to the Mars One program at http://www.mars-one.com.