Mars One's Red Planet Colony Project (Gallery)

2016: Mars One Supply Mission

Mars One/Bryan Versteeg

Mars One plans to launch an unmanned supply mission in January 2016. It will land that October with more than 5,000 pounds of food or other supplies.

2018: Mars One's Rover Scout

Mars One / Bryan Versteeg

The Dutch nonprofit Mars One aims to land a rover on Mars in 2018 to find the best spot to set up a human colony.

2021: Setting up the Mars Colony

Mars One / Bryan Versteeg

All components of Mars One's settlement are slated to reach their destination by 2021. The hardware includes two living units, two life-support units, a second supply unit and two rovers.

2022: Getting Ready for Mars Colonists

Mars One / Bryan Versteeg

All water, oxygen and artificial atmosphere production should be ready by 2022, according to Mars One. The first astronaut crew will be launched in September of that year.

2023: Bootprints on Mars?

Mars One / Bryan Versteeg

If all goes according to plan, the first Mars One astronauts will touch down on the Red Planet in 2023.

2025: The New Crew Comes to Mars

Mars One/Bryan Versteeg

In June 2025, the second crew of Mars One pioneers is slated to land on Mars in this artist's illustration. The Mars One project aims to send volunteer astronauts to the Red Planet beginning in 2023 to colonize Mars.

Mars One Colony

Mars One / Bryan Versteeg

Artist's concept of Mars One astronauts on the Red Planet.

Mars One Colony and Astronauts

Mars One/Bryan Versteeg

Artist's depiction of Mars One astronauts and their colony on the Red Planet.

Mars One's Bas Lansdorp

Photo by Maurice Mikkers

Bas Lansdorp is co-founder and general director of Mars One, which seeks to land astronauts on the Red Planet in 2023.

Mars One Million Martian Meeting

Mars One

A poster for the Mars One project's Million Martian Meeting to discuss plans for a Mars colony mission in 2023. The meeting was held in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 3.

Mars One: Million Martian Meeting Lewis

Mars One volunteers for a one-way trip to colonize Mars in 2023 speak during a panel at the Million Martian Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 3, 2013.

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Michael Wall is a Senior Space Writer with and joined the team in 2010. He primarily covers exoplanets, spaceflight and military space, but has been known to dabble in the space art beat. His book about the search for alien life, "Out There," was published on Nov. 13, 2018. Before becoming a science writer, Michael worked as a herpetologist and wildlife biologist. He has a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Sydney, Australia, a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Michael on Twitter.