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Mars One Mission Finalist: 'I'm Just Trying to Get Home'

By    |   Friday, 20 February 2015 06:31 PM

A New Jersey data analyst who is vying for a chance to be in the first human colony on the Mars does not sound daunted by the prospect of living out her days on the Red Planet, never to return to Earth.

"It all depends on how you define your home," Cassie Morphy, a finalist for the Mars One mission that is scheduled to launch in 2024, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Friday.

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"I define my home with my area, my computers, my tech, and I'm bringing that with me," said Morphy. "I'm sure I won't be able to meet up with my family or with my friends anymore, but there's online interactions with that, and that I'll be able to bring with me."

Some 200,000 people applied for the one-way field trip promoted by Mars One, a Dutch non-profit organization that is underwriting the colony-building venture and planning to film it for a reality television program.

The flood of applicants from late 2013 has been narrowed to 100 candidates, including Morphy.

She said the vetting process has involved fitness testing and "a lot of training," and that the burden of success will fall heaviest on those tapped to lead the voyage and civilizational project.

"The first four people that arrive on the planet are going to have to satisfy all the needs of the colony by themselves," said Morphy. "That's first aid, actual medical knowledge, knowledge of how the equipment works — how to replace it if something breaks — and general knowledge of the planet itself."

The project not surprisingly has skeptics. Mars is 140 million miles from Earth.

It took the most recent unmanned mission, NASA's Curiosity lander, 253 days to get there.
Mars might or might not have harbored life once, but today the environment is lethal: freezing cold, devoid of surface water, and unbreathable.

But Morphy said that Mars One requires no new technological breakthroughs, and will use existing, off-the-shelf hardware and software to send people and establish a colony.

If she is selected for the trip, and one day finds herself on Mars, "I'll miss my pizza — or at least until we can manage to make it," she said, but she'll cope thanks to a large electronic collection of books, movies, television programs and video games.

"Everything is coming," she said.

Morphy said that her family is not pressing her to drop out of the running.

"My sisters always thought of me as an alien, so it just made sense to them for me to do this," she said, adding, "I’m just trying to get home to Mars."

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