Imagine leaving Earth and never being able to come back.
Imagine saying goodbye to your friends, your family, your life, your country and your world forever.
Well, this could be a reality for consultant Dianne McGrath, who in 2013 signed up for a one-way mission to Mars: Mars One.
Mars One, as you may have heard, aims to establish a permanent human residence on Mars. A global initiative that began its search for willing astronauts and humans in 2013, the shortlisted 100 have been announced. Dianne is lucky enough to be part of the 100 shortlisted and later this year will find out whether she’s made it into the final 24.
Diane has to bid adieu (forever) to her family and new girlfriend if she gets selected. That could mean an extremely long distant relationship...approximately 225 million km to be exact...
“My Partner is incredibly supportive. If I am lucky enough to go, she will be very sad ... I mean I've had long-distance relationships in the past, from country to country. But not from planet to planet."
If Dianne is ‘lucky’ enough to make the final 24, she will be flown overseas for intensive training.
She [the partner] is incredibly supportive. If I am lucky enough to go, she will be very sad ... I mean I've had long-distance relationships in the past, from country to country. But not from planet to planet."
“At the end of this year when 24 of us are left in the process, 24 get offered a full-time contract by Mars One to be employed in the Astronaut program for 12 years until it is time to go,” says Dianne.
Despite the prospect of saying goodbye to her whole family, Dianne is optimistic:
"I guess we have to make a new family, on the mission."
Hopefully, she WILL be able to sneak on the essentials: Vegemite, Milo and Tim Tams.