This site is inspired by my participation in the Mars One Project, a mission to send humans on a one-way mission to the Red Planet by 2025. Out of more than 200,000 applicants from around the world, I was one of just 1058 chosen for further selection. The process is ongoing, and I am not sure whether my participation will continue for a few months, a few years, or a lifetime.
In the meantime, I plan to learn everything I can — about the mission, but also about Mars itself, the science and technology behind Mars One, and everything else I find interesting about space. This website will be a place where I report on what I’m learning, respond to your questions, and from time to time describe my experiences as a participant in the project. I’ll also be talking about scientific issues and other topics that interest me.
Here’s a bit about me:
Name: Chris Patil
Location: Somerville, MA, USA
Education: Ph.D, Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Profession: Biologist, scientific editor, and writer
On Twitter I am @DoNotGoGently.
I do not officially speak for Mars One, but like many of the other participants, I am happy to discuss the project with the press or to give a presentation to your school or your organization. To schedule interviews or appearances, or to ask questions about Mars One or any other topic, please feel free to contact me using the form below.