Years before it lands humans on the surface of Mars, Mars One hopes to make history by sending the first private unmanned mission to Mars, which will consist of a lander that will launch in 2018, along with a communications satellite. Mars One have just opened their doors for proposals for the various instruments on board, including a universities competition.
“We are opening our doors to the scientific community in order to source the best ideas from around the world,” said Arno Wielders, co-founder and chief technical officer of Mars One. “The ideas that are adopted will not only be used on the lander in 2018, but will quite possibly provide the foundation for the first human colony on Mars. For anyone motivated by human exploration, there can be no greater honor than contributing to a manned mission to Mars.”