A MELBOURNE woman on a 100-person short list to create a ‘‘human settlement on Mars’’ spoke to students from Newcastle Grammar School about ‘‘taking risks’’ on Tuesday.
Dianne McGrath is one of seven Australians short-listed for the Mars One experiment, a private venture that plans to take a group of humans on a one way trip to Mars from 2025.
She talked to students about ‘‘not being afraid to take big steps, and take big risks’’.
Ms McGrath is a public speaker and sustainability consultant who said she was willing to leave Earth – and her family – behind to be ‘‘part of a legacy’’.
‘‘Being a pioneer is part of it for me, but it’s also about: can I be part of something that inspires the next generation,’’ she said.
But there are plenty of questions surrounding Mars One, and its viability. Press reports have raised questions about its finances, saying it needs $6billion for the project to get off the ground – and the technical viability of maintaining life of Mars.