It’s either the craziest thing a human could do, or the boldest: taking a one-way trip to the Red Planet. For 100 people recently named as finalists for a trip to Mars, it’s the dream of a lifetime, but one that comes with grave risks and historic rewards. Selected by the Dutch nonprofit Mars One from more than 200,000 applicants, these finalists must now endure rigorous physical and mental testing to make the next round of cuts. Kojo talks with the prospective Mars explorers from our area, and finds out more about the realities of a trip that some have said is still decades away.


  • Marc Kaufman Science Writer, The Washington Post; Author, "Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission"
  • Sonia Van Meter Managing Director, Stanford Caskey; Finalist, Mars One mission
  • Dan Carey Data Architect; Finalist, Mars One mission
  • Oscar Mathews Nuclear Engineer, Norfolk Navy Shipyard; Flight Test Engineer, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD; Finalist, Mars One mission

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