But what about in real life?
The goal of man reaching Mars has been considered ever since the 1950s. Although the plans back in those days were looking forward about 10 to 30 years in the future. Several mission proposals have been submitted by many organizations and space agencies over the years, with little result. It’s estimated that if a mission to Mars was implemented by NASA it would cost from $30 to $50 billion. However, if done privately the cost would be in the $5 billion dollar range. This, of course, suggests that the private companies operate more efficiently.
So I found it plausible that it would be corporations that make the journey to Mars. But who can afford it? Of course, $5 billion is a lot of money, but it might not be out of range for the very rich. According to Forbes’ 2012 list of billionaires, 205 different individuals have $5 billion or more. Also a group of these people could go in on the project together. But why would they want to do this? The only reason would be publicity and having their name associated with being the first to send humans to Mars. Their names would go down in the history books.
In my story, the purpose of these corporations coming to Mars is because they want to turn Mars into a launching point to reach an Earth-like planet called Hinun. However, things go wrong when Earth authorities no longer allow immigration back to the blue planet. Earth people in general, cut them off. The main characters aren’t even fully aware of the real reasons for this until book two. These organizations soon evolve into military factions. The strongest one, Marscorp, is determined to fight their way back to Earth at all costs.In “Seer of Mars”, the Marscorp Admiral Beacon is fascinated with psychic ability. He’s experimented with it for years and manages to develop psychic children, not only for winning wars, but for much more.
Of course, the most difficult thing about a Mars mission is how to get the astronauts back home. Perhaps it would be a one way trip. A group of scientists could end up living out their lives on Mars.
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