The arrival to Mars will begin next June in the Cantabrian town of Arredondo. Astroland, the newly created Spanish Interplanetary Agency, will develop in a Cantabrian cave the necessary technology to be able to live on the red planet, which will be configured as a scientific-tourist experience never seen to date.
The news was unveiled last Friday in FITUR by those responsible for this innovative project that will start with a mission of 10 expeditionaries next June 15. Astroland will develop in the cave of Arredondo the necessary technology for a future human colony on Mars, the only star to date of which there are solid indications of a possible compatibility with life. In total, in 2019 will enter only 100 "astrolanders" divided into a total of 10 missions.
The choice of this cave by Astroland is not accidental. "The Martian environment is very hostile with low temperatures, strong winds and high stellar radiation, with which, the most compatible with human life is installed in the lava tubes or under the martian surface. In this sense, these Cantabrian caves are the perfect location with greater similarities for the trials ", explained David Ceballos, CEO of Astroland.
As a first step, the agency has created a station in a large cave more than 1.5 km deep and whose exact location has not been unveiled, to test new technologies and train the necessary skills to install a permanent human colony on Mars in the future.
The agency has designed a training system following the methodologies of the space agencies to form missions of 10 crew members who have the opportunity to experience the sensations that the first astronauts will experience upon arrival to the red planet, facing the challenges that these expeditionaries have to face. overcome in this extreme habitat.
"It will be an exclusive adventure for the elect, for scientific purposes, but also emotional, of which we hope to learn with the aim of improving the current society and contributing our knowledge to allow people to live on other planets in the future ", added David Ceballos.
The arrival of manned missions to Mars is expected at least by 2030, so this experience is one of the first scientific trials that will be developed to install a human colony on the planet safely and without risk.
The expedition members will receive an extensive program of prior training including knowledge of coaching and leadership, climbing and caving, training in emergency plans or hydroponics, among others. Likewise, the Agency has already opened the registration process through its website: https://www.astrolandagency.com