Chinese-American Woman to Migrate to Mars

January 14, 2014
Editor: Arnold Hou

Chinese-American Woman to Migrate to Mars
Sue Ann Pien, 34, recently passed the first round of mass selection and will attend the next round of interviews. [World Journal]

A Chinese-American woman who participates in the Mars One mission is expecting to migrate to Mars in 2024, the World Journal reported.

Sue Ann Pien, 34, recently passed the first round of mass selection and will attend the next round of interviews.

After graduating from University of California, Los Angeles, Pien worked as an actress and model and is now a teacher, but her biggest dream is to become 'an alien'. Although it seemed to be just a joke, she now has the chance to achieve her dream.

Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. The search for astronauts worldwide began in April 2013 and about 200,000 registered for the selection program, with only 1,058 passing the first round of selection.

Among them, 55 percent are men and 45 percent are women, with 297 Americans and the rest mostly from China, India, Russia, Canada and other countries.

Starting early 2014, the second round of interviews will test the applicants' creativity, teamwork spirit, reliability and more, and only 200 out of the 1,058 can pass this stage.

In 2015, 40 applicants will be selected out of the 200 and will be sent to the South Pole to receive training for 10 years. They will then be divided into four groups and each group, which is formed of two men and two women, will in turn be sent to Mars from 2024.

Feeling excited, Pien is now looking for partners who have passed the first round of interviews. She said that she has so far only found one in Los Angeles, who is also a woman, and several others from the Chinese mainland. The group regularly contacts each other through the Internet.

As those who are sent to Mars will not return, Pien said she won't get married or have children in the future but will enjoy the time she has left with her parents.

According to its official website, the Mars One mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon will captivate and inspire generations, and it is this public interest that will help finance this human mission to Mars.

The mission plan consists of cargo missions and unmanned preparation of a habitable settlement, followed by human landings. In the coming years, a demonstration mission, communication satellites, two rovers and several cargo missions will be sent to Mars. These missions will set up the outpost where the human crew will live and work. The mission design takes into account the expansion of the human colony, where a new crew will arrive every two years.

(Source: Chinanews/Translated by womenofchina.cn)

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