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British student hoping to give birth on Mars

By T.K. Randall
February 1, 2015 · Comment icon 28 comments



The Mars One project aims to see humans living on Mars. Image Credit: NASA
24-year-old Maggie Lieu has been shortlisted to go to Mars as part of the controversial Mars One project.
The astrophysics PhD student is one of 600 possible candidates shortlisted for the trip and will find out next month if she has been chosen to become a part of the first group of people in history to set up a permanent residence on the Red Planet.

Lieu however has an additional incentive to be part of the mission in that she is also hoping to become the first woman ever to give birth to a child on another world.

"It would be incredible to be the Adam and Eve of another planet," she said. "Because it is a colonization programme, it's inevitable that eventually someone will procreate and it would be incredible to be the first mother on Mars."
The first manned mission of the Mars One project is scheduled to take place in 2024, but technical and financial hurdles have brought considerable criticism and doubt upon the organization on the basis that such an ambitious project is simply not feasible within the next ten years.

There is also the problem that anyone who goes to Mars will have no way to get back again.

"The trip is one way because there are no launch pads on Mars and it would require much more than the $6 billion currently budgeted for the trip to bring us home," said Lieu.

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Comment icon #19 Posted by Calibeliever 8 years ago
I'm 100% in favor of exploring Mars once our spacecraft technology improves a bit. But I am very doubtful that we will ever colonize it just for it's own sake. The only way we'll see humans living permanently on that airless, radiation bathed rock is if we find something of value that is worth the risk/cost of transport back to Earth. Sending a colony up there to die for no gain just doesn't make any sense.
Comment icon #20 Posted by toast 8 years ago
As per mission schedule of Mars1, they plan to bring an unmanned probe to Mars in 2018. As per Overview of Donations and Merchandise Revenue of Mars1, the capital was $759.816 on January 5th 2015. Hooray!
Comment icon #21 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot 8 years ago
If this actually happens i will cut my testicles out with a potato peeler and eat them! Careful there
Comment icon #22 Posted by Red Moon 8 years ago
The worse issues arising from any colonisation of Mars are arguably the psychological ones, not the physical ones which are surmountable, if difficult to overcome. Constant confinement, the amplification of any dispute due to the small numbers involved, the inevitable sense of isolation and that you are essentially 'stuck' with those you may come to despise - these are issues which we know lead to serious consequences. An environment arising from a society beset with such issues could hardly be said to be conducive to child-rearing, and any child born into and growing up in such an environment... [More]
Comment icon #23 Posted by Red Moon 8 years ago
Oh and don't assume they won't come back. Who's to say that a small craft won't be invented to help them travel to earth and Mars, like a regular space bus.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Leonardo 8 years ago
Mars 1 hints there could be plans for a Mars 2 and Mars 3. There quite possibly might be - with decades between the missions. Plenty of time to "get tired of the same old faces." I mean, we've done okay on Earth and have no planet to commute back to. No disrespect intended, but have you noticed that here on Earth there is a breathable atmosphere, lots of land to 'occasionally escape' to, and protection from the majority of the harmful radiation hurled our way from space? There is none of that on Mars, so the inhabitants will be effectively 'house-bound' for their entire stay. Cabin fever can b... [More]
Comment icon #25 Posted by Calibeliever 8 years ago
Oh and don't assume they won't come back. Who's to say that a small craft won't be invented to help them travel to earth and Mars, like a regular space bus. Yes, for any serious exploration (or possible short term colonization) to occur we're going to have to cut the cost and time of the trip significantly. We like to talk about the spirit of discovery, but in truth humans don't tend to do things for very long unless there's something to be gained.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
Yes, for any serious exploration (or possible short term colonization) to occur we're going to have to cut the cost and time of the trip significantly. We like to talk about the spirit of discovery, but in truth humans don't tend to do things for very long unless there's something to be gained. Yup, we do like to queue... well we put up with it because there is usually something we want at then end of it.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Mike D boy 8 years ago
I have a feeling a century or so from now, either humanity will evolve to a new gender or men can be pregnant or give birth (can you imagine that, men?) and mpreg or male pregnancy fiction is a popular genre online. Science is always breaking previous (and more) barriers we thought couldn't be crossed...like the idea humans will someday live on Mars, terraform Venus (the right atmosphere to alter to make it similar to Earth's) or set up a space base on the Moon. Sci-fi stories inspired scientists in reality to come up with the most daring scientific projects: Nikolai Tesla came up with a death... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by skookum 8 years ago
As per mission schedule of Mars1, they plan to bring an unmanned probe to Mars in 2018. As per Overview of Donations and Merchandise Revenue of Mars1, the capital was $759.816 on January 5th 2015. Hooray! Well we are 3 years away as well as a 6 month journey. I wonder if Surrey Satellite have received an order for such a probe? I wonder what the lead time is for building such a thing? NASA spend a decade preparing but super duper Mars One will do it in a 3rd of the time for a fraction of the budget. No doubt it will be delayed and there will still be the gullible that believe this will actuall... [More]


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