Meet Ryan MacDonald, Dina Masodi and Jeremias Naiene, three of the brave men and women who have applied to take the historic trip across our solar system.
Ryan is a physics student from the United Kingdom.
Fun facts about Ryan:
- He can recite 90 digits of Pi.
- Ryan's never had the desire to have sex and has never kissed anyone.
- When Ryan was two years old, his father abandoned him and his sister. His most traumatic times in life resulted from the abandonment. He says that going to Mars would be like abandoning everyone, which might make it hard to do.
- The reason he wants to find a life on Mars is to leave behind a legacy.
Dina is an Iraqi-American computer science graduate.
Fun facts about Dina:
- When she left her family in Iraq, she knew it was forever. She feels it would be the same as going to Mars and leaving Earth forever.
- Dina believes that "love" is just an emotional need. She says it's not something she believes in or needs.
- Asked if she thinks a person has to be crazy to agree to go to Mars. For her, it's only as "crazy" as getting married, having kids and dying.
Jeremias is a doctor from Mozambique.
Fun facts about Jeremias:
- He feels that there are major problems on Earth that are now unsolvable — and that the answer is to start from the beginning again... on a new planet.
- If he falls in love before he goes, he thinks it will be a problem because he can't control or avoid falling in love. But, he says he'll try to stop the feelings.
Is dying on Mars worth it?
The Guardian featured the three finalists in the short documentary below. We wish them all the luck in the world.
We'll be watching in 2024.