Mars One, a Dutch Enterprise, wants to send people "to establish the first human settlement on Mars by April 2023. The first crew of four astronauts emigrate to their new planet from Earth, a journey that takes seven months. A new team will join the settlement every two years. By 2033 there will be over twenty people living, working and flourishing on Mars, their new home."
The crew will be selected by a worldwide lottery, which would select 40 people from whom the crew will be selected. Funding for the endevour could be found by marketing the crew-selection process, Bas Lansdorp, the founder of Mars One, says. The presence of Paul Römer as an "ambassador" for Mars One and co-creator and first producer of "Big Brother" and "The Big Donor Show" lends credibility to that idea.
The technology they plan to use provides a start, but many more details will have to be hammered out before a working system. Learning the details as they put them out will be an exciting process and we will defiantly post them as we find them out.
Thanks to Steven H. for telling me about Mars One.
In other news, with all of the attention placed on Curiosity, let us not forget the MER rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. While Spirt has been unresponsive since May 25, 2011, Opportunity has been humming right along and racking up a whopping 34.7km (21.6mi) on its odometer. "Oppy's" APXS and other instruments are still working and we're excited to continue to bring you news about these 8-year-old robots exploring the Red Planet.