It was bound to happen sooner or later. Everything else has been the basis for a reality show, so why not the colonization of Mars? An independent company, Mars One, aims to send four permanent residents to the Red Planet by April 2023, and the mission will be partially funded by a TV program.
The plan from Mars One is to add four new settlers to the crew every two years. By 2033 they envision 20 people living on the surface of Mars. The Dutch company has been talking with other private space-going entities, like Space X—who recently sent the first non-government rocket to the Space Station—about setting up supply chains. This will be a one-way mission. Once the settlers set down on Mars, that’s it, they’re there for good or for worse.
Mars One is backed by what seems like an unlikely pair—Gerard ‘t Hooft, a Nobel Prize winning physicist, and Paul Romer, who co-created the hit reality program Big Brother. To turn this mission into a large-scale media circus, the search for astronauts, which they aim to begin next year, will be turned into the equivalent of a reality show.