Mars Mission Student: ‘I’d Rather Go And Not Come Back Than Not Go At All’:
An astrophysics student shortlisted for a one-way mission to Mars has said the prospect of never seeing her family again is “not a deal-breaker”.
Gillian Finnerty, 21, is one of just 1,058 people selected from 202,000 applicants for the Mars One project, which hopes to create a human colony on the red planet in about 10 years.
The current shortlist includes 36 British men and women, including 29-year-old Danielle Potter, a post-graduate cancer research student from Manchester.
For Miss Finnerty, from Tholthorpe in North Yorkshire, who dreamed of being an astronaut when she left school, being part of the first manned mission to the red planet is akin to emigrating to the other side of the world.
“It’s no different to moving to Australia and never really planning on coming back,” she said. Asked if she thought it really would be a one-way trip, she said: “It makes me think it’s more likely to happen, because it’s much more logical.
“It’s the only way you can actually do a mission to Mars and land there, because otherwise you just won’t have enough fuel to go there and come back.
“It does scare me a little, but it’s not going to put me off. I’d rather go and not come back than not go at all.”
Miss Finnerty found out by email that she had been shortlisted for Mars One, a privately-funded project set up in Holland which aims to establish permanent human life on the red planet by 2025.
The space enthusiast, who is in the final year of her Master’s degree in physics and astrophysics at Sheffield University, said she hopes to write her first research paper on another planet or possibly find evidence of previous life on Mars.
She shrugged off concerns that she may never again see her loved-ones in the flesh if she wins a place on the shuttle.
“We do get to send videos home and get videos back, so they get to see how I’m doing,
“It’s not like I’ve got kids, so it’s okay.”
Asked if she will miss her friends and family, she said: “It will miss them, but it’s not a dealbreaker.
“You don’t not do what you want just because you’re going to miss people.
“It’s a sad fact, but it’s not going to stop me.”
Miss Finnerty will be tested over seven years for her suitability to become one of just 24 Mars-dwellers.
The single 21-year-old said the possibility of never settling down with a partner did not worry her.
“I’m quite picky, so I doubt that I’ll find the love of my life in the 24 people that are chosen,” she said.
“So I probably won’t find someone, so that will make it less complicated, which will be good.
“I never really planned to get married and have three kids and move here or there. I never really planned that, so it’s not as if I’m sacrificing that because I never decided on that in the first place.”
Finnerty goes hard, hell yeah
has anyone made the pun to ‘inFinnerty and beyond’ yet? If not there it is.
Baby bird season is arriving soon. Last year I made a chart that suggests what to do if you find a baby songbird (or, um, relative) out of its nest.
In response to some requests from wildlife rehabbers (aka my heroes), I’ve put two free English printable PDFs on my site. If you find them useful and are able, support me by grabbing something in my store.
Reblogging because important info—a few months ago, we took a fledgeling all the way to the next town over to a vet’s office because we thought the “if the mother bird smells humans on the baby it won’t allow it back in the nest” myth was true, only to be told to drive back and put the bird back in/near the nest.
Reblogging because dromaeosaur attacks suck :p
How do I get over hot straight boys (from Anonymous)
Watch straight porn and look at how unsatisfied the women look
someones mom: make yourself at home, would you like something to drink?
me: *very dry mouth like spongebob in sandy’s tree dome*
me: no thank you
everybody stop what you’re doing, its a cat cleaning a baby
"Stupid furless humans can’t take care of their kitten, I have to do everything myself."
My favourite thing is baby sitting up thinking “What the fuck is that?” Then seeing the cat, thinks “Very well, continue.”