The Tale of a Girl Going on Mars One Mission
By now, you must have heard of Mars One, the company that is planning to send 24 human beings on a one way ticket to Mars. They will be sent there with two missions: to survive and start a human colony there.
This has never been done before, and so far, the mission has had positive as well as negative remarks from analysts. However, the people applying to become a part of the mission have high morale; Alison Rigby, a chemistry graduate is one example.
While she is one of the 100 candidates that have been selected so far for the Mars One mission, she says that she is “very divided by it, but the way I see it, I have a responsibility to more people.”
That is a great gesture, but the candidates as well as the Dutch company has been at the receiving end of criticism as well as a host of skeptical views. To this, Rigby says that it is nothing new since “pioneers have always been ridiculed” and she continues:
I am doing this for something better, which will hopefully benefit more people than just staying at home and keeping my mum happy.
So would I be scared when you decide to do something that has never been done before? Knowing that half of the unmanned missions sent to Mars have not even been successful, and knowing that this is going to be a one way ticket? Hell yes, I would and so is she; but her resolve is commendable:
Of course I am scared. It’s something that has never been done before, it’s a leap into the unknown. When people ask me why I am going to Mars to die, I say we are all going to die, but it’s important what you do before you die.
There have been analysis and reports by numerous organizations, some of them even claim that the Mars One mission was doomed to fail and that the crew will start dying in 68 days after they reach the red planet.
What is your take on this?