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These folks are fine with leaving Earth behind
An ambitious project that aims to put boots on Mars in 10 years may have fallen short of the expected number of Martian wannabes, but there is no shortage of Canadians willing to live on the red planet — and die there.
With the Aug. 31 deadline almost here, nearly 7,000 Canucks have applied to join Mars One — a $6-billion project that plans to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2023.
They are among more than 165,000 applicants from 140 countries who have paid an application fee ranging between $5 and $75, depending on the country, in hopes of being selected for the one-way trip.
Lex Marion, of Vancouver, is one of them.
“My entire life I have always wanted to be a part of something that really makes a huge difference,” the 26-year-old said in an interview.
“Having my life mean something, for me, is just so important and this is the ultimate expression of that.”
Mars One — the brainchild of Dutch entrepreneur Bas Landorp — says the first four settlers would be followed by more groups, every two years.
If the project ever makes it off planet Earth — and many are skeptical it will — it won’t be without risks.
Today entrepreneurial grads like him find plenty of help
Jordan Smith was desperate. It was July 2009 and he was unemployed and struggling. A recent graduate, his business degree from Memorial University was proving to be poor bait for potential employers. To top it off, it was mid-recession.
“I couldn’t find a job,” he recalled. “Nobody was hiring. If anything they were laying people off.”
So the 23-year-old devised a plan. He printed off a stack of resumes and constructed a large sign from a piece of a refrigerator box. It read: “NEW GRAD. NEED JOB.”
Canadian vehicles could explore moon, Mars
The Canadian Space Agency has rolled out a fleet of about a half-dozen prototype rovers that are the forerunners of vehicles that may one day explore the moon or Mars.
There are knee-high mini-rovers that can work side-by-side, helping astronauts to dig or scout out small spaces like caves.
There are also larger rovers, like a six-wheeled lunar exploration version, which can be upgraded to transport astronauts around the moon.
The space agency says the terrestrial rovers bring it one step closer to developing the next generation for space exploration.
Robot will help us understand how planets evolve
James Keller, The Canadian Press
As NASA’s Curiosity rover beams back photos of the rocky surface of Mars, another group of scientists, including one from British Columbia, is preparing the next mission to uncover what’s underneath.
Prof. Catherine Johnson, of the University of British Columbia, is among the scientists whose project, named Insight, was selected by NASA this week as part of the U.S. space agency’s Discovery program, which invites proposals from within the scientific community.
Insight will send a stationary robotic lander to Mars in 2016, drilling down several metres into the surface as it uses a combination of temperature readings and seismic measurements to help scientists on this planet learn more about the Martian core.