A Merritt Island tenant will continue his tracking down of a potential one-way trip to Mars in spite of the breaking news this week that any such voyage would be late at least two years, to more than a decade as of now.
The pioneering missions by Dutch nonprofit Mars One have been selecting 100 finalists for becoming an astronaut. One of this is George Hatcher, a 35-year-old NASA engineer at Kennedy Space Center and a father of two.
Mars One acknowledged this week that it had been incapable to secure support ultimately to launch a first unmanned undertaking in 2018. This is the reason that pushes them back to any human launch until at least 2026.
The trip fueled already substantial doubt on whether Mars One could proceed to raising the $6 billion, estimated to be essential to launch a group toward Mars.
“My general reaction is relief,” he said. “If I am selected, I get two more years with my family.”
This is what Hatcher thinks about. He is married, has two children, a two-year-old son and a baby daughter.
He was born to have a passion in science and spiritual way of life and he is also an authentic member of the Baha’i Faith. Based on this, he is eager to depart his family behind for the chance to take possession of Mars.
If this verdict would possibly come, he’d rather wish to have it when his children are already grown-up and can probably understand it better. Now he’s secure to have at least two more years for him to live on Earth.
He’d have more moment in time if he is selected as an astronaut, but not assigned to the first human mission, with Mars One aim to launch crews every two years.
Every two years, Mars One aim to launch a team and this made Hatcher said that if he was selected as an astronaut, he will have more moment in time rather than assigned as a first the human mission.
Hatcher didn’t receive any authorized notice regarding what’s next, but through the help of his fellow astronaut finalists, it was confirmed that Mars One go with their plan to carry on with its selection of 24 astronauts through the end of this year to begin the preparation.
“I am still committed to the program and the application process,” said he.
The Bas Lansdorp, CEO and co-founder of Mars One, declare that he believes the speculation is moving in the accurate way even with the delay.
He reproduced a contract to expand space suits and life support systems, work to design a small but better lander, an advisory board in the company of respected and valued members and global significance within the project, and this attracted applications from over 200,000 individuals volunteering for one-way missions.
“Is it really a failure if we land our first crew two, four, six, or even eight years later?” Lansdorp said. “I would be extremely proud if we could make that happen and Mars One is still fully committed to keeping that on track.”