In a mere five years time, every internet-connected person would have access to live streaming images from Mars. Mars One paid SSTL $60,000 (£36,00) to design the first ‘geostationary’ satellite on the planet, which will be built by Lockheed Martin. It’s based on the successful Mars lander used in the 2007 NASA Phoenix mission, which was also built and tested by Maryland-based firm. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The Daily Mail adds that “a prison guard, a mother who home-schooled her children and a stand up comedian are among the 200,000 people from around the world who have applied to be among the first colonists on Mars. The £4bn project, founded in 2010 by engineer Bas Lansdorp, is set to recoup its costs by selling the broadcasting rights to the mission.”