Day after tomorrow marks 50 years since the Soviets launched the world’s first female astronaut into Earth orbit. Last Friday, Valentina Tereshkova stated that she would love to get a one-way ticket to the red planet.
And that may just be possible. You may have heard of the Mars One project – an ambitious private organization’s goal to send a crew to Mars on a mission in 2023 that would mean never returning to Earth. It would mark the start of mankind’s first off-world colony.
(I had to laugh at this bit in that article: “Radiation levels will be high during transit to Mars, so individuals beyond childbearing age will likely be chosen as the ‘first wave’ of colonists.” Uh…how do you colonize without procreation?)
It’s interesting to me that we’ve never bothered to colonize the moon – or even hinted at attempting it. Too cheesy? I don’t know…
But I do know that a one-way trip to Mars could leave the interplanetary settlers in a real bind if they were to ever run into supply problems. Although based on a lunar colony, my story OLD WOUNDS takes a look at the struggles of a group of folks trying to settle the moon and running into issues with their sponsors back on Earth. The story touches on friendship, tough choices, diplomacy, love, and terrorism.