Martian Mission

Mars One has completed the semi-final round of selection for the first four-person crew to travel on a one-way journey to Mars by 2025. This elimination round cut the field of applicants to just 1,058 from a pool of more than 200,000. The selection process continues, and the lucky finalists of this impressive, if not ambitious, project will occupy and help to establish the first human settlement on Mars.

On that short list of applicants are some potential Martians that hail from the Pacific Northwest, where you will also find Mentor Graphics’ headquarters and that of this military and aerospace (mil/aero) geek. Among the Mars One semi-finalists is A.J. Parsons-Taylor, a 20-year old woman from Springfield, Oregon. (Interesting note about Springfield: It is located near Eugene, and it is the basis for the town of Springfield in Matt Groening’s “The Simpsons,” a popular animated sitcom in its 25th season on Fox.)

“It’s going to be a really big thing for the human race to finally have a settlement on another planet and that would be a really cool thing to be a part of,” Parsons-Taylor remarks. She discovered the Mars One project online and said it sounded interesting so she applied.

If selected, among the things Parsons-Taylor says she would miss most about Earth is the rain. “I’m going to miss my family and friends, and my dog as well,” she says. “I figure I’ll be able to send videos back and forth.”

In describing her potential mission, Parsons-Taylor says she envisions herself as “the person putting findings together in a way that’s easy for the general public or the people who are receiving the data.” She isn’t the only candidate from the Northwest to be included in this second round pick, as this mil/aero geek will demonstrate in the next installment.

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Commented on February 27, 2014 at 5:57 pm
By Making the Cut Part 2 « J. VanDomelen Mil/Aero Blog

[...] Mars One, which plans to set up the first human settlement on the Red Planet, just completed the process of whittling a pool of more than 200,000 eager men and women to little more than 1,000. Of the 1,058 semifinalists are two Canadians in Vancouver, British Columbia (B.C.). [...]

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