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If you make a mistake up there, you’ll kill someone


nother candidate with no intention of achieving worldwide fame is Paul Leeming, 40, an exmember of the Australian Navy and Air Force. He believes his military expertise will set him in good stead for life on Mars, explaining, “If you make a mistake up there, you’ll probably kill someone.” Paul, who now works as a film director, says that the expedition is something he has dreamed about his whole life. “I want to inspire humanity. You know, stills from the Curiosity rover are one thing, but being the first human on Mars to film it would be incredible.” Due to the difference in surface gravity on the Red Planet, it is thought that the participants’ bone density will change so dramatically that they would never be able to survive on Earth were they to return. As former astronaut James A. Pawelczyk, PhD, pointed out as early as 2006, “The rate at which we lose bone in space is

10-15 times greater than that of a postmenopausal woman. There’s no evidence that bone loss ever slows in space. Further, it’s not clear that space travelers will regain that bone on returning to gravity. Recent data suggests that not all people are recovering.” Each astronaut embarking upon the expedition therefore does so on the condition that they will stay on the Red Planet forever. Melissa isn’t worried. “I won’t miss much. Green land, I suppose, and the wind blowing on my face – if I ever ventured out of the pods, I’d have to wear a space helmet, as it’s impossible to breathe out there.”


oth Vinod and Erica are married, yet seem unphased by the prospect of a lifetime of intergalactic loneliness. “My husband fully endorses it,” Erica explains, while Vinod says his wife thinks it’s a joke, and has promised to lie


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