Bill Hemmer Speaks With American Finalist for One-Way Mission to Mars
Would you leave everything behind to take a one-way trip to Mars?
Well, more than 200,000 people signed up for the chance to live, and possibly die, on the red planet in January 2014. Now, less than 100 applicants for the Mars One competition have been selected to move forward in the process, which includes rigorous physical and psychological evaluations.
This morning on "America's Newsroom," Bill Hemmer spoke to Benjamin McLain, a finalist who thinks he has the right stuff to be a part of the group selected to establish a human colony on the planet by 2023.
"I'm not an engineer, I'm not an astrophysicist," McLain stated. "I am an artist and I think if we're going to create a permanent settlement on Mars, that you're going to need artists. I think art is vital, art is necessary in any healthy, thriving culture and I want to be a part of that."
McLain said that there's "lot's of reasons" why he wants to take the trip with Mars One.
"Adventure, curiosity. More than that, to help inspire the world," he shared. "I think that's lacking in today's age of space exploration. We need to get the focus back on that ... I don't want to go, just to go. I don't want to get there and just cross that off the list and say we did it and die."
"I want to go, because I want to help inspire the world for years to come. I want to take the first steps off this planet. And I think that's a vital, vital thing for humanity to do for its future."
He noted that it's going to cost roughly $6 billion for the mission to happen and that raising the money is a "big hurdle."
Watch the video above to hear more from McLain on "America's Newsroom."