Fresno Woman Still In Contention To Colonize Mars - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Fresno Woman Still In Contention To Colonize Mars

Posted: Updated:
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

 A woman who grew up in the valley is one–step closer to being part of the first colony on Mars.

35–year–old Kenya Armbrister is a 1996 graduate of McLane High School.

Since then, she has earned two masters, speaks 3 languages, worked and traveled all over the world, including 'The White House', Congress and the European Parliament.

However, her next mission, she hopes to be part of the first human colony on the red planet.

Armbrister was one of 200,000 worldwide who sent in applications applying to go to Mars in 2025.

She is now one of only 1,058 worldwide who have made the cut.

Kenya Armbrister says, "Just always been interested to see what's out there beyond Earth, to be the first human being to step on Mars and colonize it, why not."

But it is a one–way ticket.

Armbrister says, "Yup, yup, but I'm ready. My parents and pretty much everyone I've told support me."

The venture, organized by Mars One, based in the Netherlands, is backed by several aerospace companies including SpaceX and Lockheed Martin.

It's privately funded, and its creators hope to garner donations from the public through their website, www.mar–one.com, and ultimately by creating a reality show type program where people will be able to vote for their favorite candidates.

With proper planning the journey would take around 7 months just to reach the red planet.

Once there, the colonists would have to survive, frequent sub–zero temperatures, radiation, and an unbreathable atmosphere.

What does dad think about the one–way trip?

Edmund Armbrister says, "I'd be just exuberant when the spaceship takes off and my baby's in it. I have a telescope at night and I'd say that's where my baby is. As we progress in society and technology these things will happen, the future is now our present."

Armbrister just got her medical test results back and she's a go.

A go, she hopes for all humanity.

Armbrister says, "I believe its going to be successful, if I didn't believe that this wouldn't be possible I would never go."

Over the next two years, the 1,058 candidates will be dwindled down to a group of about 40.

Those selected will train in groups for about 7 years, and if everything goes according to plan, a global audience will then vote on which team will blast off to the red planet in 2025.

The entire project expected to cost around 6–billion dollars.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Fresno Girl Battles Rare Cancer, Friends Organize Fundraisers

    Fresno Girl Battles Rare Cancer, Friends Organize Fundraisers

    Battling cancer can be tough for anyone.But imagine getting the diagnosis at just eight years old.Isabel Anderson complained to her parents in March that she had double-vision.By April, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG.The rare cancer affects about 300 children nationwide every year.“There is no known cause, there is no known cure. Right now, we are in a clinical trial to help get a cure for DIPG, increase the survival rate and ...More >>
    Battling cancer can be tough for anyone.But imagine getting the diagnosis at just eight years old.Isabel Anderson complained to her parents in March that she had double-vision.By April, she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG.The rare cancer affects about 300 children nationwide every year.“There is no known cause, there is no known cure. Right now, we are in a clinical trial to help get a cure for DIPG, increase the survival rate and ...More >>
  • VALLEY DROUGHT 2014: Using Fish To Save Water

    VALLEY DROUGHT 2014: Using Fish To Save Water

    Valley Drought 2014 has a lot of people looking for ways to save water. Aquaponics is system that uses less water and grows vegetables and fruits, and is getting popular in the Valley.
    More >>
    Valley Drought 2014 has a lot of people looking for ways to save water. Aquaponics is system that uses less water and grows vegetables and fruits, and is getting popular in the Valley.

    More >>
  • West Nile Virus Victim Heads Home From Hospital

    West Nile Virus Victim Heads Home From Hospital

    Fresno attorney Jim Wasson walked out of rehab hospital Wednesday surrounded by family and friends.Wasson says he's lucky to have survived the complications of West Nile virus.Wasson says his new fight, to warn others about the potentially deadly virus that's being spread right now in the valley.Wasson says, "I can squeeze my hand but I still can't hold my arm up."Wasson is still hoping one day he will regain full use of his right arm.He is thankful to be home.Wasson says, "You know 25 to 30...More >>
    Fresno attorney Jim Wasson walked out of rehab hospital Wednesday surrounded by family and friends.Wasson says he's lucky to have survived the complications of West Nile virus.Wasson says his new fight, to warn others about the potentially deadly virus that's being spread right now in the valley.Wasson says, "I can squeeze my hand but I still can't hold my arm up."Wasson is still hoping one day he will regain full use of his right arm.He is thankful to be home.Wasson says, "You know 25 to 30...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.