Collaborative Research for Rainmaking on Mars

Understanding the Tribe

Mars One

Secondary Research

  • Several unmanned missions will be completed, establishing a habitable settlement before carefully selected and trained crews will depart to Mars.
  • This mission will be humankind’s first step to become a multiplanetary species
  • Mars One consists of two entities: the Dutch not-for-profit Stichting Mars One (Mars One Foundation) and Swiss publicly trading Mars One Ventures
Timeline i’ve created based on key moments that have happened and planned to happen for the mission. You can also see an official road map on the Mars One website.
In a press release on January 8, 2013, the criteria for applicants were announced

How do you sustain Life on Mars for Humans?

  • There has been a suit prototyped by Paragon called the Surface Exploration Suit. It is a pressure suit. The suit must accommodate to the crew’s anthropometric changes (ie. size) and has interchangeable components.
  • The Portable Life Support System will use carbon dioxide from the Mars atmosphere and oxygen derived from surface water ice.
  • Surface habitat and Environmental control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and Atmosphere Management System will control the water and atmosphere.
  • The in-situ resource processing system will produce all breathable air and water using local Martian resources
  • Wet waste processing system processes human wet waste and extracts recyclable water
  • Water management system will extract excess liquid from the atmosphere and environment for recycling
  • Thermal control system will control the temperature of the habitable space

Interview with Alison Rigby

Alison Rigby, Mars One top 100 candidate

Meeting Ryan MacDonald

I headed to Cambridge to meet Ryan MacDonald, a Theoretical Astrophysicist currently working on a PhD in Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, his research focuses on understanding the physical conditions and chemical composition of the atmospheres of exoplanets.

Are human emotions only for Earth?

  • A lack of sunlight can cause Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Cold temperatures reduce sensory feedback, dexterity, muscle strength, blood flow, and balance.
  • The lack of sunlight associated with rainy days can cause serotonin levels to dip, and as serotonin levels decrease, carbohydrate cravings increase.
  • The reduction of atmospheric pressure during rainy days can cause pressure on your nerves and joints.


In a film about a candidate chosen to colonize Mars, Seat 25 captures the emotional effects that this decision has on their life and relationships.

More than Mars One

BBC Radio covers the psychology of Mars mission

  1. Identify individuals who are good on their own
  2. Create a healthy dynamic for the group from these individuals

Finding the ordinary in the extraodinary




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