Mars One Monday

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 this week, but plenty of media reports about the candidates.

Andy Weir, author of The Martian, was asked about Mars One. His response begins “I don’t take Mars One seriously at all…” Read the rest at Air & Space Magazine

Interviews with two Australian candidates, Josh Richards and Korum Ellis, appeared in Australia and the UK. Perth Now interviewed the two former soldiers - Ellis is a model and actor, Richards is a comedian. The Daily Mail interviewed Richards who performs in Britain. It also posted Australian morning TV show Today's interview with Ellis.

Silicon Republic interviews Irish scientist and educator Dr. Joseph Roche before his appearance at the Festival of Curiosity in Dublin. In response to questions about the reality TV aspect of Mars One, he explains how “reality” doesn’t mean what most people think it means. He compares it to the coverage of the Olympics which includes background and human interests stories along with coverage of the individual competitions.

The Mail & Guardian interviewed South African candidates Dominic Alexander Schorr, Kobus Vermeulen, biology PhD candidate Adriana Marais, accounting student Rushton Drew Carey, and computer scientist Rhet Evans. Science writer Sarah Wild balances the candidates’ wide-eyed aspiration to extend humanity beyond Earth with their realistic understanding that it won’t be easy. Wild also quotes several skeptics while outlining the many technical and financial obstacles facing the Mars One organization.

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