Mars One Monday rounds up the past week’s reports on the project to send people on a one-way journey to Mars.
No news from Mars One itself last week, although their earlier announcement about the Mars One reality show is still bouncing around the web.
One commentary on the project came from Portuguese news site Publico. "Lansdorp's selling a dream he cannot fulfill," says José Augusto Matos in his opinion piece, "Seller of Martian Dreams". He pointed out the overly-optimistic schedule, the disconnect between Mars One's cost estimates and Nasa's, and the human factors issues that Mars presents.
The following candidate profiles go into more detail than typical reports:
- The Norman Transcript conducted a detailed interview with Oklahoman Ken Johnston, a former Nasa pilot and spacesuit engineer.
- The Australian Broadcasting Company interviewed two Melbourne-area candidates (text, audio): Dianne McGrath has 4 degrees and is working on a PhD while David Mould teaches public speaking and is an animal welfare activist.
- Huffington Post blogger and Mars One candidate Jan Millsapps wrote about the three San Francisco-area candidates she met while filming her documentary, Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Beyond. The documentary will follow several of the women competing for a place on the first settlement mission to the red planet.
Other reports from around the web:
- Del Mar College in Texas issued a press release about student Shirelle Webb.
- TechTimes summarized recent interviews with Washington resident Leila Zucker and Californians Stephanie Buck and Dan Carey.
- New Zealand news sites Stuff and Voxy wrote about Dutch-borne Merlijn Führhop, a student at Victoria University in Wellington.
- The Covington Telegraph announced that candidate Ryan MacDonald would speak at the West Midlands Big Bang, an event for high school students interested in science careers.
- Computerbild posted a photo gallery of the 11 German candidates.
- Montreal's Concordia University awarded a prize to Professor Raye Kass for her work explaining Mars One's selection criteria. Kass is an advisor to Mars One.