Out of 1058 applicants (3 in Ireland), Steve Menaa has succeeded to Round 2. Steve is a French man (originally from Tunisia) who lives in Cobh, Co. Cork and just might be one of the few selected for a one way ticket to Mars.
It is Mars One’s goal to establish a human settlement on Mars. Human settlement of Mars is the next giant leap for humankind. Exploring the solar system as a united humanity will bring us all closer together. Mars is the stepping stone of the human race on its voyage into the universe. Human settlement on Mars will aid our understanding of the origins of the solar system, the origins of life and our place in the universe. As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe that all things are possible, anything can be achieved.
The Mars One foundation will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars.
The Next Giant Leap for Mankind
Human settlement of Mars is literally the next giant leap for mankind. Our mission is enabling scientists, adventurists, and explorers to live this dream. We’re breaking down barriers to allow everyone, including you, to participate in this historic event.
In May 2018, a private lander and communications satellite will be launched from Earth to Mars. The main goal of this demonstration mission is to provide a proof of concept for several essential technologies for a human mission.
The Mars lander will be built by aerospace industry leader Lockheed Martin. The lander design is based on the successful Mars lander used in the 2007 NASA Phoenix mission. Lockheed Martin has a distinct legacy of participating in nearly every NASA mission to Mars. For the Phoenix mission, the company designed, built, tested and operated the lander for NASA.
A communications satellite, built by SSTL, will provide a high bandwidth communications system in a Mars synchronous orbit and will be used to relay data and a live video feed from the lander on the surface of Mars back to Earth.
This 2018 mission will be the first in preparation for human landing. The first Mars One crew is scheduled to land in 2025, with additional crew landing every two years. Before that, Mars One will have established a habitable, sustainable outpost via multiple missions scheduled between 2018 and 2022.
No human has ever landed on Mars. This is a lifelong dream for the Mars One team, all our advisers and ambassadors, astronaut applicants and millions of you across the world.
His personal page is: https://www.facebook.com/steve.menaa
All the best to you, Steve from Stair na hÉireann and thank you for sharing your story with us.