MILES TO MARS: FUNDING HUMANITIES’ FUTURE – #SPACEUPLIVE NOTES

Miles To Mars: Funding Humanities' Future - #SPACEUPLIVE Notes || The Space Tester
What would a mission to Mars cost and where can we find the funding? Learn more about the Mars Initiative and how you can support outer space exploration today.

Miles to Mars is a presentation by Chris Bellant from Mars Initiative at the first SpaceUP Live Virtual Conference. These are the session notes by The Space Tester.

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MILES TO MARS: FUNDING HUMANITIES’ FUTURE

Miles To Mars: Funding Humanities' Future - #SPACEUPLIVE Notes || The Space Tester

INTRODUCTION

Chris Bellant has been the Operations Planner for the International Space Station at NASA, Johnson Space Center for over 5 years.

Now he is the Executive Director of Mars Initiative. This is a publicly-funded, international non-profit dedicated to raising money for the Mars Prize Fund.

This fund has been awarded to the first mission that lands humans on Mars. It supports space science education in classrooms across the world.

Mars Initiative

LEARN HOW TO BECOME AN ASTRONAUT

MasterClass is an online class where you can take workshops from the world’s greatest thinkers in their own specialties. With this course, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will teach you what it takes to explore space and what the future holds for those looking to push boundaries.

Learn about the science of space travel, life as an astronaut and how flying in space will forever change the way you think about life on Earth.

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WHY OUTER SPACE?

According to Chris, Mars is the key to the space exploration program that will lead to exploration of planets and stars beyond our own solar system.

Because it is an outpost outside of the earth-moon-system, it will drive technology development such as reducing launch costs, improve radiation protection, further propulsion technologies and much more.

Mars Missions - Could we Pay for It?

WHAT WOULD A MARS MISSION COST?

30 Billion US Dollars is a reasonable estimate of what a mission would cost. Looking at the largest two government budgets in the world, you can see it’s only a sliver of the total.

More tangible, it’s similar to the cost of two airplane carriers, 40% of the global cost of coffee sales (75 billion dollars in total), all the art in the Louvre in Paris (at least 35 billion dollars)… 

Miles to Mars Funding
Funding Mars Travels

WHERE CAN WE GET 30 BILLION US DOLLARS?

The following companies and people have more than 30 billion US dollars cash on hand… so in theory we could just ask them, right?

Funding of Space Programs

DISCOVER SPACE FROM EARTH

From mars and lunar landscapes to visiting space centers, observatories and science museums around the world – there is an incredible amount about space to be found right here on earth.

The Space Tester shows you the best destinations for space lovers where you can experience the Space Lifestyle yourself.

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WHY NOT DO IT OURSELVES?

Or… could space enthusiasts around the world just come together and finance the first crewed trip to mars?

The support for Mars is increasing over time and with over a billion people in the world (taking in account economic factors, at least 300+ million of them would definitely be able to contribute), it would only really take about 3 US dollars per months (the price of a cup of coffee), for a total of three years per person. 

With the most efficient way to transport humans to mars, it would take about 300 million miles to get there, so if you divide all the costs of the mission by the distance, it comes to about 100 US dollars per mile. 

Sounds reasonable to me!

Mission to Mars Space Exploration
Miles to Mars Funding
Mars Missions Costs

TRAIN YOUR ASTRONAUT SKILLS

Did you think that the skills astronauts have are just applicable in space? Think again!

You might not realise it, but we can all benefit from the skills astronauts have trained so long and hard to develop – to use them in our lives on earth every single day. Wondering how? CLICK to read more about all the different skills all astronauts (and regular humans) should develop.

ASTRONAUT SKILLS || THE SPACE TESTER

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WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Don’t wait for anyone to lead the Mars Mission and come together to finance it. This is exactly what Mars Initiative is doing.

Check their website: marsinitiative.org.

Find Chris on Twitter >>


TOP 100 SPACE EXPERIENCES

I’ve set myself the goal to find – and complete – 100 of the world’s top space experiences.

Ranging from activities that help train your astronaut skills, to visiting amazing space centers, observatories and planetariums, but also discovering moon landscapes and visiting the best archaeo-astronomical and stargazing sites and events.

TOP 100 SPACE EXPERIENCES || THE SPACE TESTER


DISCOVER UNIQUE SPACE GIFTS

Shopping for your geek friends or family members can be hard if you don’t know much about space, science or tech yourself. That is why The Space Tester has compiled the ultimate list of gift ideas for you.

Expect everything about space travel, astronomy, NASA/ESA/SpaceX, our solar system and other space-themed gifts, toys, clothing, costumes, gadgets, home decor, posters, jewelry, books, magazines and apps.

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