Is it morally responsible asking people sacrificing their fate into an unknown future? Of course people send to Mars are all volunteers. People from whom you may expect they realize the consequences. However, do they? Twice in my life I emigrated. Both times I thought to realize the consequences but really I wonder what I might have done if I had known all challenges. Fortunately I did not leave planet Earth and I had not many restrictions in movement. I was not confined to a base slightly bigger than the international space station (I.S.S.) where you can only step outside wearing a special suit. The 'comfort' in the I.S.S. is not much worse than what the Mars one base will be. In the Mars one base is gravity and eventually it may have twice the I.S.S. seize, but is that enough to live there the rest of your life? Another fifty to sixty years in such a restricted area?
In my view it is plausible asking volunteers to sacrifice five years of their lives for the sole purpose of extensive research in an extremely restricted confinement. Then people start to think of their future. Where to raise his or her family, where to live, which car to drive or whether to have a swimming pool or not. On purpose I put it extreme. What I want to state here is that only a limited time people can voluntarily 'sacrifice' themselves. Regardless their knowledge of their situation and the decision they themselves made.
See here to the right a representation of the Mars-
The inflated cylindrical accommodations covered by soil and connected to their space landers, are 'greenhouses' or food production units as they call it. There they grow their organic food (It'll be a pure vegetarian life) and I believe there will be some luxury like a bathroom with shower. The inflated food production units are covered with Martian soil for protection against the extreme high radiation which is present on Mars.
Belief me that I am willing to go to a lengthy extend when it concerns research and especially when it concerns exploring a new planet. I'll be extraordinary enthusiastic and willing to take many calculated risks, however one day I'll need my environment to cope with daily living and thoughts concerning my future.
The intension of the 'Mars one – project' is to send people for the rest of their lives to a strange world called Mars. Most likely they'll never have the opportunity returning to Earth. One cannot expect these people need to stay in the medium they entered the planet for the rest of their lives. Especially when people on Earth start to understand what live on Mars is all about and loose interest in further research. That will happen. Also curiosity has a limited time. Then souls stroll on Mars asking for acknowledgements while Earth's interests are further afield.
In other words one needs to make it attractive for the people on Mars to be there for the rest of their life. Create an environment where it is plausible to live, without losing too much of their known values of life. Right from the start, create an atmosphere where retreat as well as research is important. A necessity is creating an Earth-
In the next topic called 'The Jimmy hut', I'd like to suggest a possibility creating an Earth-