It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but its backers insist it will become a $6-billion (R69.5billion) reality.
A young British student who wants to give birth to the first Martian has been shortlisted in an ambitious project to establish a colony on the planet.
Maggie Lieu, a 24-year-old astrophysics student at Birmingham University, was among 100 candidates shortlisted for the mission from among more than 200 000 hopefuls.
The project, called Mars One, has raised eyebrows among some aerospace academics.
Backed by a not-for-profit Dutch organisation, the hopefuls will spend the next 10 years being trained about life on Mars.
The best two women and two men will then be picked to man the spacecraft, which is due to depart in 2024.
Its backers claim the necessary funds will be raised for a one-way trip by a reality television programme following the project’s progress.
– The Telegraph