Quebeckers hoping to become Martians

Would you take a one-way trip to Mars?!

That's the hope of nearly 1060 people across the planet, including seven Quebeckers, on a short list for a mission to Mars starting in ten years.

Over 200,000 people answered the call from Mars One, a non-profit group in the Netherlands aiming to put earthlings on the fourth rock from the sun.

Audrey Roy, 19, of Saint-Ephrem-de-Beauce is one of the lucky few hundred who made the second round.

"I'm feeling very special because so many people applied," Roy told CJAD 800 News.

"I'm very proud."

Roy, an engineering technology student, is hoping to go on to mechanical engineering and possibly aeronautics.

"Travelling to space was my dream since I was young," Roy said.

"As far as I can remember, I've always said that if such a trip was to happen during my life, I would do everything I can to be a part of it."

The next step is to be cleared by a doctor. Then another round of selections. If chosen as the final 24, Roy would be heading to the Red Planet starting in 2024 with a crew of four departing every two years. She said she'd miss her family and friends but...

"I think that it's the biggest project that humanity has ever had and I think it's really a great possibility to be a part of it."

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  1. Donald Matirne posted on 01/10/2014 05:03 PM
    The best part of becoming a Martian is the ability to rack up the maximum amount of debt before departing, and then let the banks eat it, since you will never be coming back. If you don't have a family, why would anybody "put their affairs in order" just so a bank would be paid off? They can well afford to take it on the chin.
  2. Steven posted on 01/10/2014 05:05 PM
    After the Quebec people get there they will demand every one to speak french !
  3. Paul posted on 01/10/2014 05:35 PM
    I don't think that anyone who wants to go die on Mars under the harshest conditions imaginable is terribly stable mentally. I like the way they refer to them as lucky. They are about as lucky as a lab rat about to be put through some torturous scientific experiments with certain death being the end result. I seriously doubt that this will ever happen.
  4. David Maye posted on 01/10/2014 05:57 PM
    Maybe Pauline Marois and her Party should go to Mars. She has values and ideas like someone from another planet!
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