Canadian Astronaut: First to Travel to Mars Will Become Martians
Astronauts who are traveling through space on the long trip to Mars, and it looks like they will not have the same backups from mission control on Earth, as they did before. Canada’s most famous astronaut half-joking reveals that the first to travel to Mars will need to think of themselves as Martians in order to survive.
Current predictions are that the astronauts who are blasting off to Mars will reach their destination in the upcoming decades.
The vast distance between mission control on Earth and the rocket shop will mean that communications will be delayed by up to 22 minutes.
As a result, astronauts will need to be self-prepared on what to do during the voyage, which clocks in at 2.5 years round trip in travel time alone.
“If I were commander of that crew as soon as the Earth started fading in the rearview mirror, I would get the crew together and say: ‘We are no longer Earthlings, we are now Martians. That’s who we are. We need to redefine our relationship with the planet that birthed us,” former astronaut Chris Hadfield said.
“It’s going to be very difficult not having Mother Earth next to you and it’s going to be really important for that crew to define who they are as the most distant explorers in human history,” he said.
Hadfield, whose 2013 rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity aboard the International Space Station was watched by millions, was taking part with fellow astronauts in a fireside chat with students at the University of Ottawa.
Robert Thirsk said new Canadian Space Agency recruits Joshua Kutryk and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons, “are going to go to deep space, returning to the moon, to an asteroid… and then 20 years from now we´re going to be on the surface of Mars exploring.”
Kutryk also said that the idea of living on the moon… is becoming very, very real.
In the coming months, Canada will also launch three satellites, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques will travel to the ISS, and NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to study an asteroid will blast off carrying Canadian sensors.