The US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin has signed on to help the Mars One project get one step closer to Mars. The company will build an unmanned Mars lander to produce a “mission concept study” before the $6 million manned mission to colonize the Red Planet. Britain’s Surrey Satellite Technology will also be joining the effort, building an orbiter to hover above Lockheed’s lander to relay data and images back to Earth. This duo of electronic pioneers plans to reach Mars in 2018, seven years before the expected arrival of human settlers. However, Mars One is quite a ways from their monetary goals having only raised $183,870 of the $6 billion needed.
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