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Candidates’ Corner: Lucie Ferstová

Every other week Aspiring Martians highlights a Mars One fan and their journey thus far along the path to becoming one of the first human beings to live on Mars. This week we want to introduce you to Lucie Ferstová, a Round 2 Mars One applicant from Svinaře, Czech Republic who is currently studying astrophysics and IT.  She is a passionate individual who loves everything to do with science and space exploration. Enjoy!

lucieHi, I’m Lucy and I have not been dreaming of going to Mars since I was a little kid. I did have the necessary week-long phase when I was about nine and thought: “Oh, I wanna be an astronaut!” which, however, smoothly transformed into “Oh, I wanna be a cowboy!” And sadly, becoming a space-cowboy didn’t even occur to me at that time.

What I am trying to confess is that this is not a life-long dream for me. I generally don’t even like the word ‘dream’ attached to this project. A “dream” seems to be something childish, naive, something parents listen to and then smile their polite and kind smiles.

Let’s call it a vision – I would happily dedicate my life and my efforts to the vision of people leaving Earth, exploring space, making all those sci-fi novels slightly more real. In most other jobs, there is no direction. There is no permanent displacement. In the long run, it’s all static.

I adore movement. Yes, there are many things that give you the illusion of movement, and they are easy to come by and easy to do. But every time I do something easy, I feel like I’m cheating. I feel like I could do more.

Mars One came up with the ultimate offer. They give you the chance to be the front-line soldier, to expand the limits of humanity by dragging them inch by inch a little further by sheer willpower and skill. To make jokes while suffering and laugh when others would cry, because you know that at the end of the day you’re still on a path that has a direction and that direction unwaveringly points to the endless possibilities of the universe.

I have no interests, degrees, or careers that would be distinct enough to define me. However, I do have a restless potential inside of me, still young and malleable. And if I am given the choice, I’d very much like to be the person Mars One is offering to make me. I know that a large portion of the work will have to be mine and I have been putting great amounts of effort to get both my body and mind in shape for it.

I never asked for easy. As one wise (fictional) man said, “It’s difficult. All things worth keeping are.”

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Candidates’ Corner: Hampton Black

Every other week Aspiring Martians highlights a Mars One fan and their journey thus far along the path to becoming one of the first human beings to live on Mars. This week we want to introduce you to Hampton Black, a Round 2 Mars One applicant widely known for his ingenious Star Wars Cantina scene application video.  He is also a former NASA employee who can solve a Rubik’s Cube in a few seconds! Enjoy!

Hampton

Throughout my career as an engineer, I had always kept a close watch on the developments of my country’s space program (NASA) as well as, what was going on around the world in dealing with space exploration with other countries. Then, in the summer of 2012, I read about this new company in the Netherlands that was proposing a Mars mission…but the kicker was; this was a “one-way” mission. To never return the astronauts to Earth. How bold and how “out of the box” thinking was that! I thought. They’re definitely onto something here and I wanted to watch closely the developments of this newly developed organization called…Mars One.

As the developments unfolded, month after month, I was elated to learn this was a mission for “anyone” to apply for. I knew for sure I wanted this. NASA’s requirements for astronaut selections was extremely challenging but this is a new “breed” of astronauts you need for this type of mission. The psychological dynamics for such a mission are profound. Decision making and expertise of your environment will be paramount. No more are the requirements of checking back with “mission control” on every step you make. With millions of miles between you and Earth…these decisions will have to come naturally and confidently to you.

How would my family and the woman I love handle the news that I’m ready to leave them all behind to go live a life on another world? Frightening nonetheless. It’s not easy on them but I do have the love and support of each and every one of them. The road ahead is challenging. Mars One’s road map is very aggressive and many things need to be done successfully in order for this mission to succeed. Many critics think their timeline is “wildly optimistic” in getting humans to Mars within the next 10 years. But let us remind everyone, the same was true during the early days of spaceflight. President Kennedy challenged the US to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade during his speech he made in 1962. Was he nuts? I’m sure the country thought. We had barely put man into space when he made this speech. In 7 years time, my friends, the whole world was watching as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked across the surface of the moon. It can be done. Mars awaits us!

 

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