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The crews begin training in 2015 in environments controlled to proximate those found on Mars. Gardening, a big hobby and interest of Sanders’, will be taught to Mars specifications and so will technical training like maintaining the colony technology. It will be ongoing for nearly a decade before they are fully ready.

All that isolation applicants expect, though, will first be tested in the journey to the planet which Mars One says will take anywhere from seven to eight months depending on the relative distance between Mars and Earth at launch.

The journey will put the four colonists in extremely tight quarters, with only 20 cube meters of living space between the four of them and no frills to be found. Food will be freeze-dried and showers are a non-existent luxury, instead being replaced with washing down with wet-wipes as astronauts do on the International Space Station. There will be continuous sound from the spacecraft.

After the harrowing journey they will find themselves in a modular living space on the surface of Mars specially selected by those monitoring the rover as being “far enough North for the soil to contain enough water, equatorial enough for maximum solar power and flat enough to facilitate construction of the settlement.” They will have 1,000 cubed meters of total living space between them.

It will be hard living for all involved and Sanders isn’t without her own reservations.

“I’m a little bit older and there’s some younger ones and I fear maybe not being up to par with them. And, actually, there are some people who have some degrees in engineering and I wonder how I can compete with that,” she said. “They have the knowledge but knowledge can be learned if you’ve got the passion.”


Information from: Minot Daily News,