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Mars One to Build Simulation Outpost on Planet Earth

Mar 27, 2014 02:35 PM EDT | By Justin Stock
Mars One, Mission, Space Exploration

Equipment for regular citizens going on the Mars One mission to the red planet is ready for making by way of a simulation outpost located on Planet Earth The International Business Times reported Thursday.

 One thousand fifty eight candidates out of 200,000 people who applied received word in Dec. that they had been selected.

A couple Dutch men are behind the project. The two envision the endeavor being made possible from investors, and ownership of a TV documentary about the process, training, and ultimate selection Reuters reported.

"Mars One is now entering phases were hardware must be produced to begin training of our selected astronauts," Bas Lansdorp said in a statement The Times reported. "The location of the first simulation outpost has yet to be determined, but Mars One plans on using the locations to train and prepare selected astronauts for the Martian environment. Additional outposts will be built in the near future and will be fitted with life support systems."

"(We're) finally getting started on the outpost project is incredibly exciting, and I am looking forward to replacing images with real-life hardware," Kristian von Bengtson,  a previous contractor at the NASA and European Space Agency told The Times. "I think a lot of people are looking forward to opening the hatches of the outpost modules and taking the next step in the mission. I know I am," von Bengtson told The Times.

Other members involved expect the project to be funded through sponsors and partners rather than public contributions. 

The private one way mission will bring a robotic lander, and communications satellite to the red planet Fox News reported. Lockheed Martin is involved with the creation of the lander while Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. is probing a study for the satellite.

The satellite will allow those involved in the mission to view a live video stream of the undertaking from Earth according to CNN.

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