While I’m a huge proponent for the manned exploration of Mars, I think that this proposal (details found at the Mars One website) could (emphasis *could*) end up being a double-edged sword.
It would bring excitement and positive attention to a much-needed manned space exploration of another planet and significant scientific returns.
And… if there were to be an “Apollo 13”-type event, mechanical or human, and one or more of the “One Way Astronauts” were to die without hope of rescue or return, it *might* actually have a larger negative effect on the public’s perception of manned space exploration than if it had never happened.
…and that’s sad.
So I have to ask:
Is this a case of “any publicity is good publicity”
or is it a potential manned space exploration-ender?