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Grant Imahara and Mouser Electronics Interview Mars One CEO, Bas Lansdorp about the Technical Reality of a Human Settlement on Mars

May 14, 2015
By Business Wire News


Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is announcing the live interview with Mars One and Grant Imahara as part of the Innovation Spotlight lineup of four influential leaders in Space Exploration for the Empowering Innovation Together™ program. Grant explores the reality of a human settlement on Mars with Co-Founder and CEO of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp.

On the set of Star Trek Continues, Grant continues his discussion on space exploration and space travel by talking to a true visionary whose passion for science and the human mission to Mars led to the formation of his not-for-profit company, Mars One. Helping to make human colonization on Mars a reality, Lansdorp has built an impressive team of ambassadors and advisers from all over the world, including an astronaut, Nobel Prize laureate and a former NASA Chief Technologist.

“We are very excited to be able to bring this unique educational program to the engineering community,” says Mouser President and CEO Glenn Smith. “It is a real honor to have Bas Lansdorp of Mars One participate in our Empowering Innovation Together initiative. We hope that our customers find it inspiring.”

Watch this new Innovation Spotlight interview with Mars One, available only on, to hear Lansdorp discuss why the mission is a one-way trip, what technology needs to be developed, and how they are selecting the average person to become a Mars astronaut. The Mars One mission is controversial to some, but it is inspiring a whole new generation of interest in space exploration. Join Mouser and Mars One CEO, Bas Lansdorp for an exclusive Twitter party discussing the colonization of Mars from 1-2 p.m. (CDT) on Tuesday, May 26, #MouserParty.

“No one is more passionate and enthusiastic about space exploration and colonization to Mars than Bas Lansdorp,” said Grant Imahara. “He is truly a visionary, and even though some people have questioned the feasibility of the company’s mission, seeing the engagement of the general public proves people are inspired to understand the origins of the solar system, the origins of life and our place in the universe.”

Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together Space Exploration Series is sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Microsemi and Diamond Sponsors Vishay Intertechnology and Phoenix Contact.

With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser caters to design engineers and buyers by delivering What’s Next in advanced technologies. Mouser offers customers 20 global support locations and stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is updated many times per day and searches more than 10 million products to locate over 4 million orderable part numbers available for easy online purchase. also houses an industry-first interactive catalog, data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

About Mars One

Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish permanent human life on Mars. Human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. Mars One’s mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon will captivate and inspire generations. It is this public interest that will help finance this human mission to Mars.

About Mouser Electronics

Mouser Electronics, a subsidiary of TTI, Inc., is part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Mouser is an award-winning, authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor, focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies to electronic design engineers and buyers. features more than 4 million products online from more than 500 manufacturers. Mouser publishes multiple catalogs per year providing designers with up-to-date data on the components now available for the next generation of electronic devices. Mouser ships globally to over 500,000 customers in 170 countries from its 492,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit


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