While members of the space community welcome the recent announcement by NASA on the possible presence of water on Mars, Canadians are among the finalists for a settlement project on the red planet believe that the news is encouraging for survival of the human being in this hostile environment.
Johanna Hindle, a teacher in high school in British Columbia, is one of six Canadians selected for the Mars One project, a Dutch organization that wishes to establish a colony on Mars by 2027.
Canadians are among the 100 finalists selected worldwide. This figure will be reduced to 24 in September 2016, according to Ms. Hindle.
Until next year, the teacher was delighted and “excited” to hear the news about the discovery of liquid water on Mars because everything that can increase the chances of human life on the planet can be positive for them .
Nevertheless, to date, nothing has deterred make his trip way trip to Mars. She knows the dangers “unimaginable” and the challenges it will have to be measured, but it absolutely wants to take this opportunity.
Ms. Hindle said they experienced a mixture of hope and fear by reading the book The Martian, Andy Weir, and viewing the film which has been shot. The film starring Matt Damon tells the story of an astronaut on Mars taken alone after his colleagues had lost sight of during a storm.
The teacher had this mixed reaction because she realized what she did not know in terms of science.
Daniel Benjamin Criger, another candidate for the project, was also satisfied on hearing the news of water on Mars. The native of Hamilton, Ontario, is currently attending a school in Germany and his studies will be completed in September, “just in time to be selected in the last 24,” he began.
Mr. Criger, who also read the book The Martian, says he was inspired by the character who improvised to survive in this difficult environment.
“Human engineering can accomplish many things that could not be made by the equipment on Mars,” he explained from Aachen, Germany.
The student has also found many common points with the fictional astronaut Mark Watney. “I like being surrounded by technology, I love working on small problems and see how I can improve things,” he said.
If it is part of the trip, Mr. Criger said he will stay in touch with his family despite the period of 20 minutes to receive messages from Earth.
“Many people in history have had to really leave everything behind, but I will not have to. I live in an era where technologies are abundant, “he argued.
The President of the Canadian Space Corporation considers Marc Fricker also discovered that water on Mars is good news. “With liquid water there, it will be easier to access and do things with, rather than if it was a big ball of ice,” he illustrated.