Mars man gets a grilling

Wanneroo Times - - News -

JOSH Richards has a dream to leave Earth and never come back.

Mr Richards is a can­di­date for the Mars One project that hopes to es­tab­lish the first hu­man set­tle­ment on Mars by 2025.

He vis­ited Hali­don Pri­mary School in Kings­ley last month to talk to year 4 to 6 stu­dents about the sci­en­tific ex­per­i­ment.

“Josh grew up in Perth and has wanted to be an as­tro­naut since he was seven,” sci­ence teacher Wes Buzza said.

“Af­ter his pre­sen­ta­tion about the Mars One project and what it hopes to achieve, Josh an­swered ques­tions non-stop from stu­dents who wanted to find out ev­ery­thing about why he can’t come back to Earth, how you deal with toi­lets on Mars, in­ter­net speed and what to do with some­one who dies on Mars.

“He im­pressed on his au­di­ence the im­por­tance of sci­ence, engi­neer­ing and the arts in our un­der­stand­ing how hu­mans live.”

“He said to stu­dents: ‘I hope one day in your life­time chil­dren will be able to look through a tele­scope at Mars and know that hu­mans live there and it will be pos­si­ble to go there even as a tourist’.”

Mr Buzza said stu­dents pre­pared for Mr Richards’ visit by imag­in­ing and draw­ing de­signs of things they thought would help hu­mans live on Mars.

Mr Richards also vis­ited Cre­aney and Dal­main pri­mary schools while in Kings­ley.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Mars One Project can­di­date Josh Richard­son with some of the stu­dents he ad­dressed. www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467498

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