Maggie Lieu, a 24-year-old, who’s doing a PhD in astronomy and space at the University of Birmingham, is shortlisted for the 2025 Mars One mission. If she gets through, she’ll spend the next 10 years training for the project. The mission aims to send teams of four to the red planet every two years from 2025, until 40 people are living there.
The Dutch project is privately funded and needs to raise around £4bn to send up the first group. So far it’s raised around £500,000 (so it’s 1/8000th of the way there). It’s one of different projects with the goal to place the first humans on Mars, but this one plans to let a reality TV show decide who goes and broadcast life on Mars.
When questioned, Maggie said, “There’s no technology at the moment to vent the oxygen on Mars…So if we’re producing loads of oxygen we have to maintain it to a suitable level, similar to earth…If we make too much we’ll cause a huge hazard of fire…When we leave we’ll have to wear special masked suits that are pressurized and suitable for the temperatures (-60C)…We’ll spend our lives in inflatable domes with a bedroom, a living room, a workspace and a plant room where we’ll grow our food…We’re going to grow our own food so it’s going to be pretty much a vegan diet… Potentially we could be eating insects because they’ve got high protein so we could take an ant farm.”
She added, “One-in-three missions to Mars fail, so it’s pretty likely the rocket would explode before we get there.”
To raise that kind of money is not an easy task. Besides, humans are so fragile here on earth. Can you imagine what it would be like on the very challenging environment of Mars?
The truth is, anyone can go and explore space. One day all the believers will actually visit Mars without experiencing any problems. The Lord has prepared unthinkable surprises “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9. Not even in its wildest dreams can the heart of man begin to comprehend the amazing realities of God’s eternal kingdom.
The invitation to Heaven is prepared for you personally “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17. “To an inheritance incorruptible … reserved in heaven for you.” 1 Peter 1:4. “I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2.
Give your life to Christ for cleansing from sin. And He will give you the power to do His will and keep His commandments. This means, that you will begin to live as Christ lived and will overcome all sin. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things.” Revelation 21:7.
One glimpse of heaven will cause the worst difficulties and pains of Earth to fade into insignificance. And the redeemed will shout, “Praise the Lord, heaven is cheap enough!”