That’s one small step for man, and one giant leap for grandma.
In case you haven’t already heard, a 42-year-old Vancouver grandmother is one of 100 semi-finalists selected for a one-way mission to colonize the Red Planet. The list, released Monday, actually includes six Canadians altogether, which means our country has a pretty good shot of getting at least one history-making Canuck on board a rocket ship come 2024.
“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,” the woman, identified only as “Sue” wrote on her Mars One biography.
But would it really be a “blessing”? The goal of the $6 billion project is to set up a permanent human settlement on Mars. And such a daunting objective is obviously fraught with technicalities and hidden pitfalls. That’s why we’ve decided to weigh out the pros and cons of this mission, to see if it really is such a good idea:
Pro: You’ll be among the first humans ever to land on Mars, leaving behind a legacy that will be remembered through the ages.
Con: The journey to Mars takes 7 months to complete. All of which will be spent in cramped quarters, with three other astronauts, with no showers available. We repeat: 7 months, no showers.
Pro: You’ll get to study the planet first-hand like no one else before you, and even search for alien life!
Con: You might actually find alien life
Pro: You will shape history by constructing the first human colony, and it’s related infrastructure, on the red planet
Con: You will shape history by constructing the first human colony, and it’s related infrastructure, in a barren, uninhabited desert for the rest of your existence
Pro: The astronauts will remain connected with Earth. Mars One reports that they will be able to watch live TV (like the Super Bowl), use the Internet or even contact friends at home!
Con: You can’t order pizza, you can’t leave your “home” without a spacesuit, and you’ll never see your friends face-to-face again
Pro: Mars One reports that the astronauts will live relatively normal lives. They will wear normal clothes, cook and prepare food and carry out work duties daily.
Con: There’s no sex allowed on the Mars mission. ‘Nuff said.
Pro: You will form incredibly deep relationships with your fellow colonists
Con: Those “fellow colonists” could just as easily become your sworn enemies