Irishman one of 80,000 seeking spot on one-way Mars mission

By Noel Baker - Friday, May 10, 2013

There’s emigration and then there’s space travel: almost 80,000 people have already expressed an interest in a one-way ticket to Mars to live on a space colony — including one Irishman.

Barry Peter appears to be the sole Irish entrant in the race to join the Mars One project, which as of yesterday had received 78,000 applications just two weeks after it asked people to get in touch.

Mars One, a Dutch- based non-profit organisation, hopes to send a crew to Mars by 2022 and it expects 500,000 applications to have been lodged by the Aug 31 closing date.

Most of the 78,000 applicants are from theUS, but thus far 30-year-old Barry seems to be the only Irish wannabe space traveller.

In his video application he says it would be "amazing" to be among the first people to colonise another planet.

"I think it’s the next frontier and to be a pioneer would be one of the greatest privileges any person could ever be afforded."

Outlining his potential as a member of the crew he says he is physically healthy and has no wife or children, while his biography states he is an IP engineer for a large telecommunications company and "I travel all over the world in pursuit of this occupation".

"I think my sense of humour is a little dry, as with most people from where I am," he says in the video.

"I am an avid climber and outdoor adventure sport enthusiast, I love to travel, read books and learn new skills (especially if they are dying like bushcraft, etc).

"I’m also a gadget geek and am fascinated by any new technology I can get my hands on."

His application has already received more than 900 views on the Mars One website, although some other applications have actually been viewed tens of thousands of times.

The interest in the Mars One project does not seem to have surprised those behind the project, even though life on the red planet does not sound like a bed of Martian roses, with construction work taking place in conditions unknown to man.

That said, Mars One has said successful candidates will receive eight years training before they leave for Mars, and stressed they are seeking people with "a deep sense of purpose, willingness to build and maintain healthy relationships, the capacity for self-reflection and ability to trust".

There is still thesomewhat astronomical sum of $6bn (about €4.6bn) that needs to be raised for the mission, meaning any applicants must also be adept at fundraising.

Nobody said a one-way trip to space would be easy.

*Barry Peter’s video application: [url=http://exa.mn/mars]http://exa.mn/mars[/url]

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