Mars One candidate Hannah Earnshaw visits East Durham College

Mars Hopeful Visits College To Inspire Students

East Durham College students had a special visit from a candidate hoping to start a new life on Mars.

Hannah Earnshaw, 24, from Birmingham, talked to a packed Lubetkin Theatre at the college’s Peterlee Campus.

The Durham University Astronomy PHD student, Hannah, has been selected as one of four Britons on a final shortlist to go on a planned one-way mission to Mars.

The original application phase saw 200,000 people apply which has now come down to a final 100 person shortlist.

Hannah will now take part in further test phases and procedures before full-time training, which will begin at the end of the year as organisers look to assemble would-be crews for the mission.

The plan is there will be eight or nine unmanned trips to Mars before the first group of four astronauts will be launched into space in 2024.

And Hannah came into college last week to give students an inspirational talk about her experiences as she has gone through this process.

Hannah said: “It was great to be able to come in and share my journey with the students of East Durham College.

“Going into space has always been a dream of mine and I hopefully I can fulfil this dream by taking part in this mission, it’s a huge opportunity.

“I hope that I have demonstrated to the students today that if you believe in your dreams they can come true.”

East Durham College, media lecturer Suzanne Martin added: “It was fantastic to have Hannah here to the college to meet students, it was a very inspiring session with her.

“She is proof that you should never give up on your dreams and if you work hard anything is possible.”