Mexican Congressman Selected to Possibly Take One-Way Trip to Mars

Andres Eloy Martinez

Mexican Congressman Andres Eloy Martinez -- an amateur astronomer who supports science education -- could be granted the chance to head to Mars, according to Fox News Latino.

And just how did this opportunity come about? Fox News Latino reports that Martinez was one of 1,058 people selected in the first round of a competition launched by a foundation called Mars One. If chosen, Martinez will become one of the first colonists on Mars.

"This is an ambitious project that is going to require all the available scientific and technological resources. All the steps have to be taken with mathematical precision. I don't see it as harebrained, perhaps it might have some delays due to the magnitude of the challenge, but it is not impossible," Martinez said in an interview, according to Fox News Latino.

But not all those selected in the first round will take the one-way voyage. Mars One will size down the group to 24 and 40 participants for its first mission to land on Mars in 2025.

How does Martinez feel about the possibility of not coming back to Earth?

"It's difficult to leave your family, the Earth itself," he said. "You don't think about the blue of the sky, the clouds, animal life, the oceans, until you lose them. When you think about the scope of what you are going to do, it's hard, but we still have 11 years to think about it."

Unlike Martinez, there are some who are skeptical about the entire project stating it seems "the trip is still not viable" and "sounds more like a planned business."

What do you think? Do you think this one-way trip to Mars is real or just a business trick by Mars One?