Vancouver woman selected as finalist for one-way trip to Mars

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A 42 year-old Vancouver grandmother is one of 100 semi-finalists for the Mars One mission to colonize Mars in 2024.

The Mars One Project released the list of semi-finalists Monday, including six Canadians – two of which are from British Columbia. The list will be whittled down to 24 winners before the series of launches is set to begin in 2024.

Susan Higashio Weinreich, a scout leader, mother and grandmother from Vancouver has made it this much closer to truly winning the trip of a lifetime. The one-way journey will put humans on Mars with the intention that they will work and live on the planet for the duration of their lives. 200,000 people applied for the trip overall.

Weinreich says she has always dreamed of being an astronaut and longs with wonder about what else exists in our universe.

“I am a mom and a grandma, and while my life here on Earth has been a blessing, now that my daughter is grown and has a family of her own, I am ready for my next adventure. It would truly be an honour to be selected to go on an amazing journey to colonize Mars,” she says on her Mars One biography.

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Image: Mars One Project

The goal of the $6 billion project, funded through donations, is to set up a permanent human settlement on Mars. Each selected astronaut will be put through eight years of training, including isolation for a few months every year, before the launch. The journey itself takes from seven to eight months, all in the tightest of quarters with no showers available.

Once on the planet, astronauts will live in a combined space of 200 metres squared where they will grow fresh food, wear regular clothes and “lead typical day-to-day lives”.

More can be found about the project on the Mars One website.

Featured Image: Mars via Shutterstock

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