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.

Mars One launched a new blog called Mars Exchange. Scientists, advisors, and leaders of the Mars One effort will respond to questions from the project’s community to foster conversations about the exploration of Mars. Mason Peck, a Mars One advisor and former Nasa Chief Technologist, kicked things off with his article “Is a One-way Journey Wrong?” It is the first of a 5-part series looking at the ethics of the Mars One project.

Canadian Mars One candidate, Tyler Reyno, is starting a space launch company that will send satellites into polar orbits from Nova Scotia. In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Reyno said “this is much more than just Nova Scotia, it very much has a national impact.” In an earlier interview Reyno talked about his Mars One candidacy: "I'd be happy with any amount of time just knowing that I actually contributed to what I think is the biggest thing I could possibly put my efforts toward.” Reyno recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fun preliminary designs for the rocket. 

Adriana Marais, a physics PhD student at South Africa’s University of Kwazulu-Natal, chose a career in sciences because of her childhood dream of becoming an astronaut. Her research into the quantum mechanical aspects of photosynthesis could help future Mars settlers grow their own food or even generate solar power. She told the university’s news office, “I think that with such an initially limited population, the first Martians will need to be multi-talented, quick-learning, extremophile-types.” You can listen to Marais’ interview with East Coast Radio.

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