North Yorkshire student Gillian Finnerty through to latest round of selection for first human mission to Mars

Gazette & Herald: Gillian Finnerty Gillian Finnerty

A WOULD-BE astronaut from North Yorkshire is aiming to fly to Mars – on a one-way trip.

Gillian Finnerty, 21, from Tholthorpe, near Easingwold, is one of more than 265,000 people from around the world who originally applied to go on the Mars One mission, set up in 2011 by two Dutch men with the goal of establishing permanent human life on the red planet by 2025.

Gillian, a former Easingwold School pupil, was among the 1,058 who made it through to round two, and then became one of only 40 from the UK who have got through to the next round of the selection process to pick 24 people from around the world to go on the voyage to the Red Planet.

She said she would undergo various medical tests and interviews this year to help determine whether she was suitable.

Gillian, who is studying for a Masters degree in physics and astrophysics at the University of Sheffield, said she wanted to spend her life attempting to further scientific knowledge and human exploration.

“I have been working towards becoming an astronaut for the last five years,” she said.

“I hope to achieve something historically significant in my lifetime; being a part of this mission is the most important and significant thing I could ever do with my life.”

Gillian said the nature of space travel was such that a return to earth after the seven-month journey to Mars would be logistically impossible.

Asked about her parents’ reaction to the possibility they might never see her again, she said: “They’re not very pleased.”

Gillian said she would keep in contact with people back on earth through video messages.

She was worried about the future of life here on Earth. “Things need to change quickly and drastically if we want to keep living like this,” she said.

“Hopefully the Mars One habitat and crew will inspire people on Earth to use sustainable energy and grow their own food, which would help reverse anthropogenic climate change.”

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12:52pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Andy449 says...

Good for her; you don't come across drive and ambition like this very often nowadays.
Good for her; you don't come across drive and ambition like this very often nowadays. Andy449
  • Score: 19

12:52pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Old_Man says...

Can I nominate Cllrs. Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett for this project?
Can I nominate Cllrs. Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett for this project? Old_Man
  • Score: -80

12:54pm Wed 15 Jan 14

the original Homer says...

So difficult to imagine anyone doing this, but she seems to be doing it for all the right reasons.
Seems a strange thing to say about a would-be astronaut, but it is good that she obviously has her feet on the ground.
So difficult to imagine anyone doing this, but she seems to be doing it for all the right reasons. Seems a strange thing to say about a would-be astronaut, but it is good that she obviously has her feet on the ground. the original Homer
  • Score: 14

12:54pm Wed 15 Jan 14

sensibleyorkresident says...

Is Easingwold that bad? York is nice and its not that far away. We're getting a John Lewis. Plus your parents would be close enough to visit but not that close that they'd be over all the time. I'm just saying...think about it.
Is Easingwold that bad? York is nice and its not that far away. We're getting a John Lewis. Plus your parents would be close enough to visit but not that close that they'd be over all the time. I'm just saying...think about it. sensibleyorkresident
  • Score: 25

1:03pm Wed 15 Jan 14

dsom73 says...

Old_Man wrote:
Can I nominate Cllrs. Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett for this project?
No, they'll wreck Mars.
[quote][p][bold]Old_Man[/bold] wrote: Can I nominate Cllrs. Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett for this project?[/p][/quote]No, they'll wreck Mars. dsom73
  • Score: -95

1:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

dsom73 says...

...and that photo is very poorly photoshopped. It's a bit of an insult really - if I were her I'd be kicking off via a solicitor.
...and that photo is very poorly photoshopped. It's a bit of an insult really - if I were her I'd be kicking off via a solicitor. dsom73
  • Score: -5

1:27pm Wed 15 Jan 14

BKKYorkshireboy says...

“It’s no different to moving to Australia and never really planning on coming back,” she said. Except that there's no food supply or air to breathe on Mars and you are the only person there! Is it April 1st already??
“It’s no different to moving to Australia and never really planning on coming back,” she said. Except that there's no food supply or air to breathe on Mars and you are the only person there! Is it April 1st already?? BKKYorkshireboy
  • Score: 10

1:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

Old_Man wrote:
Can I nominate Cllrs. Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett for this project?
Yes, as long as they bike there or use a First bus
[quote][p][bold]Old_Man[/bold] wrote: Can I nominate Cllrs. Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett for this project?[/p][/quote]Yes, as long as they bike there or use a First bus YorkPatrol
  • Score: -111

2:24pm Wed 15 Jan 14

MaddDoGG says...

She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.
She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really. MaddDoGG
  • Score: -31

2:51pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Roger S says...

MaddDogg - I hope that was meant in jest or otherwise it is the height of wrong - she is studying physics at uni for a start. Sounds a lot like petty jealousy so if you didn't mean that you should explain. It wouldn't be for everyone but it would very admirable and similarly as brave as a young person who wanted to go to an old fashioned war to save their people even though they knew they would probably die. Young people have that drive in them to be more than ordinary. Sounds brave but I'm not sure climate change is actually caused by humans so I wouldn't be doing it for that. For me it would be dodging a meteor event.
MaddDogg - I hope that was meant in jest or otherwise it is the height of wrong - she is studying physics at uni for a start. Sounds a lot like petty jealousy so if you didn't mean that you should explain. It wouldn't be for everyone but it would very admirable and similarly as brave as a young person who wanted to go to an old fashioned war to save their people even though they knew they would probably die. Young people have that drive in them to be more than ordinary. Sounds brave but I'm not sure climate change is actually caused by humans so I wouldn't be doing it for that. For me it would be dodging a meteor event. Roger S
  • Score: 3

2:59pm Wed 15 Jan 14

pedalling paul says...

I'll keep a low profile on this one..the red planet does not appeal to me!
I'll keep a low profile on this one..the red planet does not appeal to me! pedalling paul
  • Score: 124

3:05pm Wed 15 Jan 14

BKKYorkshireboy says...

Roger S wrote:
MaddDogg - I hope that was meant in jest or otherwise it is the height of wrong - she is studying physics at uni for a start. Sounds a lot like petty jealousy so if you didn't mean that you should explain. It wouldn't be for everyone but it would very admirable and similarly as brave as a young person who wanted to go to an old fashioned war to save their people even though they knew they would probably die. Young people have that drive in them to be more than ordinary. Sounds brave but I'm not sure climate change is actually caused by humans so I wouldn't be doing it for that. For me it would be dodging a meteor event.
I think she is being very clever with getting all this publicity and it will help her land a job after uni! There is no way that she is actually going to be sent off to Mars never to return! I don't like your comparison with soldiers going off to fight in the World Wars. Gillian saying that she is happy to be flung into space, knowing it will never happen, is a lot different to all the men and women who gave their lives in the wars! Watch out for those meteors!!
[quote][p][bold]Roger S[/bold] wrote: MaddDogg - I hope that was meant in jest or otherwise it is the height of wrong - she is studying physics at uni for a start. Sounds a lot like petty jealousy so if you didn't mean that you should explain. It wouldn't be for everyone but it would very admirable and similarly as brave as a young person who wanted to go to an old fashioned war to save their people even though they knew they would probably die. Young people have that drive in them to be more than ordinary. Sounds brave but I'm not sure climate change is actually caused by humans so I wouldn't be doing it for that. For me it would be dodging a meteor event.[/p][/quote]I think she is being very clever with getting all this publicity and it will help her land a job after uni! There is no way that she is actually going to be sent off to Mars never to return! I don't like your comparison with soldiers going off to fight in the World Wars. Gillian saying that she is happy to be flung into space, knowing it will never happen, is a lot different to all the men and women who gave their lives in the wars! Watch out for those meteors!! BKKYorkshireboy
  • Score: -5

3:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

MaddDoGG says...

Roger S wrote:
MaddDogg - I hope that was meant in jest or otherwise it is the height of wrong - she is studying physics at uni for a start. Sounds a lot like petty jealousy so if you didn't mean that you should explain. It wouldn't be for everyone but it would very admirable and similarly as brave as a young person who wanted to go to an old fashioned war to save their people even though they knew they would probably die. Young people have that drive in them to be more than ordinary. Sounds brave but I'm not sure climate change is actually caused by humans so I wouldn't be doing it for that. For me it would be dodging a meteor event.
If you're such a big advocate Roger why don't you go? Let's face it, to make a decision like that, you clearly must not have anything decent keeping you on Earth. It's actually very sad at that age she has so little respect for her life that she's happy to waste it alone on a strange planet. She's not saving anyone elses life doing it, your war comparison is bizarre, she's simply wasting her own
[quote][p][bold]Roger S[/bold] wrote: MaddDogg - I hope that was meant in jest or otherwise it is the height of wrong - she is studying physics at uni for a start. Sounds a lot like petty jealousy so if you didn't mean that you should explain. It wouldn't be for everyone but it would very admirable and similarly as brave as a young person who wanted to go to an old fashioned war to save their people even though they knew they would probably die. Young people have that drive in them to be more than ordinary. Sounds brave but I'm not sure climate change is actually caused by humans so I wouldn't be doing it for that. For me it would be dodging a meteor event.[/p][/quote]If you're such a big advocate Roger why don't you go? Let's face it, to make a decision like that, you clearly must not have anything decent keeping you on Earth. It's actually very sad at that age she has so little respect for her life that she's happy to waste it alone on a strange planet. She's not saving anyone elses life doing it, your war comparison is bizarre, she's simply wasting her own MaddDoGG
  • Score: -10

3:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

YorkPatrol says...

The bottom line is that this trip would be deemed suicide therefore illegal – it will never happen

The whole thing is nonsense
The bottom line is that this trip would be deemed suicide therefore illegal – it will never happen The whole thing is nonsense YorkPatrol
  • Score: 8

4:10pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

dsom73 wrote:
...and that photo is very poorly photoshopped. It's a bit of an insult really - if I were her I'd be kicking off via a solicitor.
I agree it's a laughable Photoshop botch-up. I remember a trip to a 'Cape Kennedy Space Centre' at a funfair near Blackpool and we all took turns to stick our heads through the back of a big cardboard panel painted on the front with moon craters and a spacesuited astronaut. The resulting photos, including one of my pet dog, were far more convincing than the above effort.

Good luck Gillian.

PS. Don't they do cheap day return tickets?
[quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: ...and that photo is very poorly photoshopped. It's a bit of an insult really - if I were her I'd be kicking off via a solicitor.[/p][/quote]I agree it's a laughable Photoshop botch-up. I remember a trip to a 'Cape Kennedy Space Centre' at a funfair near Blackpool and we all took turns to stick our heads through the back of a big cardboard panel painted on the front with moon craters and a spacesuited astronaut. The resulting photos, including one of my pet dog, were far more convincing than the above effort. Good luck Gillian. PS. Don't they do cheap day return tickets? Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 3

4:33pm Wed 15 Jan 14

GillianFinnerty says...

MaddDoGG wrote:
She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.
I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x
[quote][p][bold]MaddDoGG[/bold] wrote: She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.[/p][/quote]I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x GillianFinnerty
  • Score: 32

4:56pm Wed 15 Jan 14

York_Jester says...

GillianFinnerty wrote:
MaddDoGG wrote:
She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.
I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x
It's a very interesting project, and it's great to see Gillian has stepped up and got this far.

But how viable do you think the project is Gillian? Most experts have dsimissed it, and their projected costs are ludicrously small. I just can't see this going anywhere...
[quote][p][bold]GillianFinnerty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MaddDoGG[/bold] wrote: She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.[/p][/quote]I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x[/p][/quote]It's a very interesting project, and it's great to see Gillian has stepped up and got this far. But how viable do you think the project is Gillian? Most experts have dsimissed it, and their projected costs are ludicrously small. I just can't see this going anywhere... York_Jester
  • Score: 3

5:16pm Wed 15 Jan 14

GillianFinnerty says...

York_Jester wrote:
GillianFinnerty wrote:
MaddDoGG wrote:
She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.
I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x
It's a very interesting project, and it's great to see Gillian has stepped up and got this far.

But how viable do you think the project is Gillian? Most experts have dsimissed it, and their projected costs are ludicrously small. I just can't see this going anywhere...
I will keep comments to a minimum as i have to get back to revision, but it is perfectly doable. The only problem they need to overcome I think is money. Media and sponsorship projects, and the public having faith in this mission, would solve that problem. This type of privately-funded, one-way mission is the only way we can logistically set foot on Mars, and it is possible. It's just hard to imagine, which i think is most people's problem.
[quote][p][bold]York_Jester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GillianFinnerty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MaddDoGG[/bold] wrote: She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.[/p][/quote]I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x[/p][/quote]It's a very interesting project, and it's great to see Gillian has stepped up and got this far. But how viable do you think the project is Gillian? Most experts have dsimissed it, and their projected costs are ludicrously small. I just can't see this going anywhere...[/p][/quote]I will keep comments to a minimum as i have to get back to revision, but it is perfectly doable. The only problem they need to overcome I think is money. Media and sponsorship projects, and the public having faith in this mission, would solve that problem. This type of privately-funded, one-way mission is the only way we can logistically set foot on Mars, and it is possible. It's just hard to imagine, which i think is most people's problem. GillianFinnerty
  • Score: 5

5:17pm Wed 15 Jan 14

GillianFinnerty says...

GillianFinnerty wrote:
York_Jester wrote:
GillianFinnerty wrote:
MaddDoGG wrote:
She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.
I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x
It's a very interesting project, and it's great to see Gillian has stepped up and got this far.

But how viable do you think the project is Gillian? Most experts have dsimissed it, and their projected costs are ludicrously small. I just can't see this going anywhere...
I will keep comments to a minimum as i have to get back to revision, but it is perfectly doable. The only problem they need to overcome I think is money. Media and sponsorship projects, and the public having faith in this mission, would solve that problem. This type of privately-funded, one-way mission is the only way we can logistically set foot on Mars, and it is possible. It's just hard to imagine, which i think is most people's problem.
*contracts not projects sorry
[quote][p][bold]GillianFinnerty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]York_Jester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GillianFinnerty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MaddDoGG[/bold] wrote: She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.[/p][/quote]I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x[/p][/quote]It's a very interesting project, and it's great to see Gillian has stepped up and got this far. But how viable do you think the project is Gillian? Most experts have dsimissed it, and their projected costs are ludicrously small. I just can't see this going anywhere...[/p][/quote]I will keep comments to a minimum as i have to get back to revision, but it is perfectly doable. The only problem they need to overcome I think is money. Media and sponsorship projects, and the public having faith in this mission, would solve that problem. This type of privately-funded, one-way mission is the only way we can logistically set foot on Mars, and it is possible. It's just hard to imagine, which i think is most people's problem.[/p][/quote]*contracts not projects sorry GillianFinnerty
  • Score: 1

5:23pm Wed 15 Jan 14

BKKYorkshireboy says...

GillianFinnerty wrote:
MaddDoGG wrote: She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.
I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x
Well Gillian.. you won't be able to do much of that when you are on Mars! x
[quote][p][bold]GillianFinnerty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MaddDoGG[/bold] wrote: She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.[/p][/quote]I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x[/p][/quote]Well Gillian.. you won't be able to do much of that when you are on Mars! x BKKYorkshireboy
  • Score: 6

5:31pm Wed 15 Jan 14

BKKYorkshireboy says...

GillianFinnerty wrote:
York_Jester wrote:
GillianFinnerty wrote:
MaddDoGG wrote: She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.
I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x
It's a very interesting project, and it's great to see Gillian has stepped up and got this far. But how viable do you think the project is Gillian? Most experts have dsimissed it, and their projected costs are ludicrously small. I just can't see this going anywhere...
I will keep comments to a minimum as i have to get back to revision, but it is perfectly doable. The only problem they need to overcome I think is money. Media and sponsorship projects, and the public having faith in this mission, would solve that problem. This type of privately-funded, one-way mission is the only way we can logistically set foot on Mars, and it is possible. It's just hard to imagine, which i think is most people's problem.
Sponsorship shouldn't be a problem depending on who you want to take with you.. if you were to take "Pedalling Paul" and poor old James Alexander with you then I am sure that you could raise a few hundred thousand just from the Press comments brigade!! If you were to take a certain Lettings Agent who works for a company that rhymes with "Munters" and who I have to look at his face every time I go for a walk with you then I will chuck £50 in!!
[quote][p][bold]GillianFinnerty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]York_Jester[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GillianFinnerty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MaddDoGG[/bold] wrote: She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.[/p][/quote]I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x[/p][/quote]It's a very interesting project, and it's great to see Gillian has stepped up and got this far. But how viable do you think the project is Gillian? Most experts have dsimissed it, and their projected costs are ludicrously small. I just can't see this going anywhere...[/p][/quote]I will keep comments to a minimum as i have to get back to revision, but it is perfectly doable. The only problem they need to overcome I think is money. Media and sponsorship projects, and the public having faith in this mission, would solve that problem. This type of privately-funded, one-way mission is the only way we can logistically set foot on Mars, and it is possible. It's just hard to imagine, which i think is most people's problem.[/p][/quote]Sponsorship shouldn't be a problem depending on who you want to take with you.. if you were to take "Pedalling Paul" and poor old James Alexander with you then I am sure that you could raise a few hundred thousand just from the Press comments brigade!! If you were to take a certain Lettings Agent who works for a company that rhymes with "Munters" and who I have to look at his face every time I go for a walk with you then I will chuck £50 in!! BKKYorkshireboy
  • Score: -45

6:09pm Wed 15 Jan 14

RoseD says...

Gillian, I am SO proud of you. This is truly 'stepping up' to help life on Earth. You are brave and selfless and frankly, when I think of Int'l Women's Week, I think of you. I'm going to mention your name at the Hollie McNish show on Thursday March 13. Of course your parents would be sorry to see you head off, but they'll be very proud of you too.
Lots of Mars-Earth Skype I suspect........
And, to the doom sayers, it's a legit project and makes more sense than Bronson's £2million vanity fly around deals.
Gillian, I am SO proud of you. This is truly 'stepping up' to help life on Earth. You are brave and selfless and frankly, when I think of Int'l Women's Week, I think of you. I'm going to mention your name at the Hollie McNish show on Thursday March 13. Of course your parents would be sorry to see you head off, but they'll be very proud of you too. Lots of Mars-Earth Skype I suspect........ And, to the doom sayers, it's a legit project and makes more sense than Bronson's £2million vanity fly around deals. RoseD
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Wed 15 Jan 14

RoseD says...

My sister Sam worked on the Hubble and knew the astronauts from Challenger. (not to bring up that, but its not as if no one is aware of dangers) (besides, things have been learned). Judith Resnick was considered a friend to my sister, and she wept after Challenger but also was grateful for the crew for trying to further human experience. same with the Columbia crew: brave! and we have learned from that one too.
My sister Sam worked on the Hubble and knew the astronauts from Challenger. (not to bring up that, but its not as if no one is aware of dangers) (besides, things have been learned). Judith Resnick was considered a friend to my sister, and she wept after Challenger but also was grateful for the crew for trying to further human experience. same with the Columbia crew: brave! and we have learned from that one too. RoseD
  • Score: 1

8:06pm Wed 15 Jan 14

gwen4me says...

Just like moving house to Goole, no way back.
Just like moving house to Goole, no way back. gwen4me
  • Score: 5

9:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

paul lafargue says...

As I understand the project is nothing more than a big brother style show to make a lot of money for a group of private investors.

What will happen to the volunteers stranded on Mars if the show flops and the money runs out?

Lets hope they have a good stock of Mars bars.
As I understand the project is nothing more than a big brother style show to make a lot of money for a group of private investors. What will happen to the volunteers stranded on Mars if the show flops and the money runs out? Lets hope they have a good stock of Mars bars. paul lafargue
  • Score: -1

9:57pm Wed 15 Jan 14

York Fox says...

GillianFinnerty wrote:
MaddDoGG wrote:
She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.
I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x
You'll have to ignore the negative posters on here Gillian as many would criticise anyone and anything.

It's a fascinating project to be involved in. Mars will be colonised one day, and someone has to be first. In many ways it conjours the same feelings as the first colonists of Australia and the Americas must have experienced, except it is much, much riskier even than those seminal events.

It is our adventurous spirit that makes humanity what it is. Good luck to you.
[quote][p][bold]GillianFinnerty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MaddDoGG[/bold] wrote: She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.[/p][/quote]I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x[/p][/quote]You'll have to ignore the negative posters on here Gillian as many would criticise anyone and anything. It's a fascinating project to be involved in. Mars will be colonised one day, and someone has to be first. In many ways it conjours the same feelings as the first colonists of Australia and the Americas must have experienced, except it is much, much riskier even than those seminal events. It is our adventurous spirit that makes humanity what it is. Good luck to you. York Fox
  • Score: 3

10:00pm Wed 15 Jan 14

AnotherPointofView says...

dsom73 wrote:
Old_Man wrote:
Can I nominate Cllrs. Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett for this project?
No, they'll wreck Mars.
No they won't. At 20mph they'll never make it!
[quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old_Man[/bold] wrote: Can I nominate Cllrs. Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett for this project?[/p][/quote]No, they'll wreck Mars.[/p][/quote]No they won't. At 20mph they'll never make it! AnotherPointofView
  • Score: -47

10:34pm Wed 15 Jan 14

AnotherPointofView says...

AnotherPointofView wrote:
dsom73 wrote:
Old_Man wrote:
Can I nominate Cllrs. Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett for this project?
No, they'll wreck Mars.
No they won't. At 20mph they'll never make it!
Which sad member of the council has taken the thumbs up/down from +2 to -50 in a matter of a few minutes?
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old_Man[/bold] wrote: Can I nominate Cllrs. Alexander, Simpson-Laing and Merrett for this project?[/p][/quote]No, they'll wreck Mars.[/p][/quote]No they won't. At 20mph they'll never make it![/p][/quote]Which sad member of the council has taken the thumbs up/down from +2 to -50 in a matter of a few minutes? AnotherPointofView
  • Score: -260

12:05am Thu 16 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

No wonder the Council are so rubbish, they spend all their time playing with thumbs.
Now, this poor girl has been brainwashed. Does she not know that the CO2 levels on Mars are 95-97% while on Earth it is only a trace at 0.004% !

Oh and Mars is freezing cold, even with 43% of the solar energy Earth receives. Yes, send the carbon phobics there.
No wonder the Council are so rubbish, they spend all their time playing with thumbs. Now, this poor girl has been brainwashed. Does she not know that the CO2 levels on Mars are 95-97% while on Earth it is only a trace at 0.004% ! Oh and Mars is freezing cold, even with 43% of the solar energy Earth receives. Yes, send the carbon phobics there. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -36

12:13am Thu 16 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

All that CO2 and freezing cold? What will Algore say? Can we tax it?
Cap and Trade anyone?
All that CO2 and freezing cold? What will Algore say? Can we tax it? Cap and Trade anyone? ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -34

1:41am Thu 16 Jan 14

Peter Plonker says...

What and who do you partner up with when you get the urge and what happens when you start to hate all the other 23
What and who do you partner up with when you get the urge and what happens when you start to hate all the other 23 Peter Plonker
  • Score: 1

8:50am Thu 16 Jan 14

keepitshut says...

Peter Plonker wrote:
What and who do you partner up with when you get the urge and what happens when you start to hate all the other 23
Good point.............i suppose the 24 of them would have a mass debate to sort that one out!
[quote][p][bold]Peter Plonker[/bold] wrote: What and who do you partner up with when you get the urge and what happens when you start to hate all the other 23[/p][/quote]Good point.............i suppose the 24 of them would have a mass debate to sort that one out! keepitshut
  • Score: 1

9:02am Thu 16 Jan 14

again says...

MaddDoGG wrote:
Roger S wrote:
MaddDogg - I hope that was meant in jest or otherwise it is the height of wrong - she is studying physics at uni for a start. Sounds a lot like petty jealousy so if you didn't mean that you should explain. It wouldn't be for everyone but it would very admirable and similarly as brave as a young person who wanted to go to an old fashioned war to save their people even though they knew they would probably die. Young people have that drive in them to be more than ordinary. Sounds brave but I'm not sure climate change is actually caused by humans so I wouldn't be doing it for that. For me it would be dodging a meteor event.
If you're such a big advocate Roger why don't you go? Let's face it, to make a decision like that, you clearly must not have anything decent keeping you on Earth. It's actually very sad at that age she has so little respect for her life that she's happy to waste it alone on a strange planet. She's not saving anyone elses life doing it, your war comparison is bizarre, she's simply wasting her own
I guess you can skype from Mars. Polar explorers like Shackleton were more cut off. And when they got back there was mass slaughter going on in Europe that they didn't know had started.

Would Life on Mars be any worse?
[quote][p][bold]MaddDoGG[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roger S[/bold] wrote: MaddDogg - I hope that was meant in jest or otherwise it is the height of wrong - she is studying physics at uni for a start. Sounds a lot like petty jealousy so if you didn't mean that you should explain. It wouldn't be for everyone but it would very admirable and similarly as brave as a young person who wanted to go to an old fashioned war to save their people even though they knew they would probably die. Young people have that drive in them to be more than ordinary. Sounds brave but I'm not sure climate change is actually caused by humans so I wouldn't be doing it for that. For me it would be dodging a meteor event.[/p][/quote]If you're such a big advocate Roger why don't you go? Let's face it, to make a decision like that, you clearly must not have anything decent keeping you on Earth. It's actually very sad at that age she has so little respect for her life that she's happy to waste it alone on a strange planet. She's not saving anyone elses life doing it, your war comparison is bizarre, she's simply wasting her own[/p][/quote]I guess you can skype from Mars. Polar explorers like Shackleton were more cut off. And when they got back there was mass slaughter going on in Europe that they didn't know had started. Would Life on Mars be any worse? again
  • Score: -1

9:22am Thu 16 Jan 14

WelcomeHome says...

All those of us WITHOUT astrophysics degrees might be wise to keep quiet and let Gillian decide for herself if this challenge is viable, and if the scientific merit outweighs the huge sacrifice she will be making.

Unless any of you genuinely think that by telling her she's pathetic, or misguided, will change her mind?!
All those of us WITHOUT astrophysics degrees might be wise to keep quiet and let Gillian decide for herself if this challenge is viable, and if the scientific merit outweighs the huge sacrifice she will be making. Unless any of you genuinely think that by telling her she's pathetic, or misguided, will change her mind?! WelcomeHome
  • Score: 6

9:41am Thu 16 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Have heard others being interviewed on the radio about this. All I can say is she is one brave lady and at least is aiming high (no pun intended) with her life. Not many of us can say we stand a chance of doing something completely remarkable in life. Good luck to her - and her parents!
Have heard others being interviewed on the radio about this. All I can say is she is one brave lady and at least is aiming high (no pun intended) with her life. Not many of us can say we stand a chance of doing something completely remarkable in life. Good luck to her - and her parents! CaroleBaines
  • Score: 3

12:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Pinza-C55 says...

After reading this story and the comments, I can only conclude that Martians have taken over the York Press.
After reading this story and the comments, I can only conclude that Martians have taken over the York Press. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 0

1:04pm Thu 16 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

York Fox wrote:
GillianFinnerty wrote:
MaddDoGG wrote:
She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.
I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x
You'll have to ignore the negative posters on here Gillian as many would criticise anyone and anything.

It's a fascinating project to be involved in. Mars will be colonised one day, and someone has to be first. In many ways it conjours the same feelings as the first colonists of Australia and the Americas must have experienced, except it is much, much riskier even than those seminal events.

It is our adventurous spirit that makes humanity what it is. Good luck to you.
Good post!
[quote][p][bold]York Fox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GillianFinnerty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MaddDoGG[/bold] wrote: She clearly has very little going on in her life to be willing to fly to an uninhabited planet, pathetic really.[/p][/quote]I have a LOT going on, i've represented my university in 5 sports so far, have helped start 2 societes at university, am in two committees, volunteer for a charity and have a very exciting and fun-filled life. Just wanted you to know x[/p][/quote]You'll have to ignore the negative posters on here Gillian as many would criticise anyone and anything. It's a fascinating project to be involved in. Mars will be colonised one day, and someone has to be first. In many ways it conjours the same feelings as the first colonists of Australia and the Americas must have experienced, except it is much, much riskier even than those seminal events. It is our adventurous spirit that makes humanity what it is. Good luck to you.[/p][/quote]Good post! CaroleBaines
  • Score: 2

8:57pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Pinza-C55 says...

"“Hopefully the Mars One habitat and crew will inspire people on Earth to use sustainable energy and grow their own food, which would help reverse anthropogenic climate change.”
Errr you mean, like farms? I thought people had been doing that for a couple of hundred thousand years?
And will the booster rockets on the launch vehicle be suckstainable?
"“Hopefully the Mars One habitat and crew will inspire people on Earth to use sustainable energy and grow their own food, which would help reverse anthropogenic climate change.” Errr you mean, like farms? I thought people had been doing that for a couple of hundred thousand years? And will the booster rockets on the launch vehicle be suckstainable? Pinza-C55
  • Score: -2

1:04pm Sun 19 Jan 14

calmdownyork says...

I heard another physics student who's been shortlisted on the tv last week. He said they would have a base already constructed on Mars before they arrive. How exactly? They are being misled and making fools of themselves over a mission that will never happen.

It's a shortlist of kids saying "look at me, look at me, I'm different". In time, they will get jobs, develop relationships, have children and laugh at the time they were shortlisted for a trip to Mars.

I study astrophysics as a hobby and think such a mission would be pretty pointless and certainly unethical. Let's just wait until we have the technology to do a round trip. Mankind needs to be patient. Simple mathematics says the universe is teaming with life, we don't really need to rush to find it.

I'm afraid to say Gillian that the chances of you setting foot on Mars are about as good as mine. Zero.
I heard another physics student who's been shortlisted on the tv last week. He said they would have a base already constructed on Mars before they arrive. How exactly? They are being misled and making fools of themselves over a mission that will never happen. It's a shortlist of kids saying "look at me, look at me, I'm different". In time, they will get jobs, develop relationships, have children and laugh at the time they were shortlisted for a trip to Mars. I study astrophysics as a hobby and think such a mission would be pretty pointless and certainly unethical. Let's just wait until we have the technology to do a round trip. Mankind needs to be patient. Simple mathematics says the universe is teaming with life, we don't really need to rush to find it. I'm afraid to say Gillian that the chances of you setting foot on Mars are about as good as mine. Zero. calmdownyork
  • Score: 2

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