By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
If someone asked you to go on a mission to Mars, what would you say? When Mars One, a non-profit organization in the Netherlands, asked the same question to Katrina Wolfe, she said yes. This is no ordinary mission, however. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime… that would last the rest of your lifetime.
Mars One is a company that is raising money to send people to the Red Planet… for the rest of their lives. They have already received support from many companies for their expensive mission, which they plan to complete in the year 2023. When the company asked if there were any volunteers, 78,000 brave souls sent in applications to colonize Mars! One of them was 24-year-old Katrina Wolfe.
“In 8th grade I did a project on how to become an astronaut. I knew that trying to become an astronaut would mean becoming an engineer and going through NASA. It appealed to me,” she said.
If she is picked, Wolfe will be responsible for testing living conditions on the planet. You see, Mars doesn’t have the same atmosphere as Earth, which means it doesn’t have the same breathable air or drinkable water. By actually surviving on Mars, she will be able to find out what future humans would require to make living easier on the Red Planet. “I know there are a lot of unanswered questions about how we’re actually going to survive on Mars, but there’s lots of time to figure that out. I think that Mars One can make it happen” said the 24-year-old.
That sounds like a lot of work, huh? Don’t worry, though, because Wolfe is planning to have some fun while she is there. “I’d love to do desert sailing on Mars, with a wind sail,” she said.
If all goes as planned, you can join the astronauts on their trip to the Red Planet. Well, maybe not literally, but virtually at least! Mars One is planning to show the event on TV, so viewers can watch the adventures from the warmth and safety of their living rooms on Earth.
Soon, we’ll be able to call humans… Martians! I wonder, though, if when we colonize Mars… we’ll find alien neighbors. Then again, if that happens, it’ll be humans who are the real aliens!
Images and video courtesy of Mars One.