College of Science and Engineering
Alumnus moving to Mars?
Monday, March 24, 2014
Paul Larson is part of a 1,058-person pool seeking a role in human settlement on Mars.
The 2012 earth sciences graduate was one of more than 202,000 people who applied to Mars One, a Dutch non-profit planning missions without humans starting in 2018 and missions with humans beginning in 2024. Mars, which is the fourth planet from the Sun, is about 35 million miles from Earth.
The New Hope resident is one of four Minnesotans awaiting word on when, and if, they will do face-to-face interviews with Mars One officials.
Larson will present on Mars One 7 p.m. April 10 in Ritsche Auditorium. View the flyer (PDF) for his "One Way Trip to Mars!" presentation.
According to the Mars One website: "The Mars One mission plan consists of cargo missions and unmanned preparation of a habitable settlement, followed by human landings. In the coming years, a demonstration mission, communication satellites, two rovers and several cargo missions will be sent to Mars. These missions will set up the outpost where the human crew will live and work."
The astronaut applicant pool will be trimmed to six teams of four individuals. According to the website, astronaut training and technology testing will happen in a Mars-like habitat constructed on Earth.
Larson's presentation is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Physics.