Mars One Monday, September 29, 2014

Mars One Monday rounds up the past week’s reports on the project to send people on a one-way journey to Mars.

No announcements from Mars One last week - who wants to compete with Maven and Mom - but a new article appeared on its Mars Exchange blog. Nasa astrogeophysicist and Mars One adviser Chris McKay discussed the survival skills Mars One candidates will need for their journey to Mars. While the technical aspects of maintaining their habitats will be important, McKay says, the ultimate success of the project lies in the character of the settlers themselves.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs held a Symposium on Space Science and the United Nations in Austria last week. Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp delivered a presentation titled “Science supporting Human Permanence on Mars”.

Mars One Candidates in the News

National Geographic featured a mini-documentary about Mars One candidates in its Short Film Showcase.

American radio program Marketplace broadcast a report on Mars One that includes interviews with British candidates Ryan McDonald and Alison Rigby. A balancing voice came from Lloyds underwriter Dave Wade who was skeptical about Mars One’s budgets as well as the competing demands of astronaut training and entertaining TV.

Arizona candidate Carmella House spoke with the local ABC affiliate about her lifelong ambition to be an astronaut. The Navy veteran now pursuing a doctorate in astrophysics told ABC15 that as a child she attended Space Camp 19 times.

Florence Porcel, cohost of French radio show La Tête au Carré, delivered a presentation about her candidacy.

Tampa’s Fox affiliate interviewed Hampton Black, mechanical engineer, former Nasa contractor, and Mars One candidate.