In a bid to make scientific advancements, the Mars One project has been launched by a Dutch non-profit group which could colonise the red planet.
Amongst the 200,000 applicants is Maggie Lieu, a Birmingham University astrophysics PhD student. The 24 year old student from Coventry is one of the 30 Brits shortlisted to take the 140million mile journey aiming to send the first human life to Mars in 2024.
The $6billion project would see successful applicants endure a perilous seven-month journey, where they would face a high risk landing, temperatures plummetting to a dangerous level of -62, along with the risk of starvation and dehydration.
Astronauts that overcome hazardous conditions will develop the first human space colony remaining 140 miles away from life on Earth.
In spite of such dangerous risks, Lieu maintains her excitement about the prospect of a life on Mars, and told the Guardian she is excited to take part in the ground-breaking experiment, claiming “it’ll have such a big impact not just on the scientific community but also on the whole world”.