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.

News from Mars One

Mars One launched a new community site. Anyone who makes a donation, buys Mars One merchandise, or applies to be a Martian settler receives automatic membership. Among the benefits Mars One offers to its community is the right to vote on upcoming mission decisions, including the winners of the STEM and University Challenges

Bas Lansdorp spoke with Jonathan McCrea on FutureProof, the science program of Ireland’s NewsTalk Radio. Lansdorp discussed the early progress Mars One is making with potential investors and how well the 700 candidates have done spreading the word about their mission to settle the red planet. You can listen to the interview here (it runs for 10 minutes from the 23:00 mark). 

Candidates in the News

Yehoshua Rosenberg, a Santiago-born chef and artist living in Israel, spoke with Chilean news sites 24 Horas and Publimetro. “Sí voy, representaré el sueño de millones de seres humanos, abriré las puertas a la prolongación de la humanidad en el último planeta rocoso y más cercano a la Tierra.” [Modified google translation: “If I go, I will represent the dreams of millions of people, I will open the doors to humanity’s expansion to the farthest terrestrial planet and the one closest to Earth.”]

Park La Brea News interviewed Adam Hurley, a Massachusetts-born financial analyst living in Los Angeles. “I love planet Earth, and that is the reason I’m going — to preserve planet Earth in the best way it can be preserved and possibly start a new one,” Hurley said.

Lafayette, Indiana, TV station WLFI spoke with Max Fagin, an aerospace engineering graduate student at Purdue University. Fagin has been an expedition member at the Mars Desert Research Station and contributed to Made in Space's 3D printer that will reach the International Space Station later this year.

The Ottawa Citizen interviewed Andrew Rader, a native Candian now working for SpaceX in Los Angeles. With an aerospace engineering degree from Carleton University and a PhD from MIT, Rader may be the most qualified candidate in the running. Given his ties to Massachusetts, Mass Live quoted Rader extensively in its roundup of candidates associated with Massachusetts.