Parents based in Boston, Yari and R. Daniel Golden-Castaño, met in a Facebook group for aspiring Martians, they were married on a day when the red planet was closest to Earth and now it's # 39; signed to colonize the fourth planet of the sun.
"It's just a part [my] the dreams of childhood, "said Mr. Golden-Castaño, 36, a reservoir of the army that studies computer science, informs New York Post.
The couple are two of the 100 semifinalists around the world who have been selected for the Mars One program, a scheme of the Dutch organization to launch a human colony on the planet for the year 2032. More than 4200 candidates They were originally applied and the group of 100 was finally reduced to 24 students.
They will be subjected to a decade of intense training: kidnapped in a remote place where they will learn to cultivate food, repair technology and offer them medical training. Nobody will have a return ticket.
The 100 come from all ages (18 years and over) and from life, and were chosen for their adaptability, curiosity and suitability to work and live with others.
Each one presented an online request with a short video and interviewed about their motivations.
The Golden-Castaños are among the five possible future Martian profiled I'm going to Mars, a four-part documentary that is released in the United States this week at Topic.com.
"The idea [for the candidates] is that there is a bigger goal, "said director Julia Ngeow.
"It's bigger than the individual: it is part of a bigger thing for mankind.
"It's a blank social slate and manage to create your best life. I asked them what it is, and nobody knows it."
But there is one thing they know: as Elton John writes, "Rocket Man", "Mars is not the kind of place to raise a child."
The mission is not to populate. It is simply turning on the pilot light on Mars, including potentially finding water, as well as ways to create sustainable food sources.
"Nobody of us want to have children," said Mr Golden-Castaño, who has two children of a previous marriage.
There are still many details to plan the mission, which will be funded through corporate sponsorships and transmission rights.
Before people arrive, the shipments will be sent in advance. In 2031, a spacecraft Mars One will bring four people to the planet during a preliminary 18-month trip, remaining in small pods while trying to acclimatize to gravity and other elements.
The red planet is reddish at this time.
The technical entrepreneur Elon Musk aims to establish a manned base from the year 2025 and in November, NASA landed there a study test.
Russia has also announced that it is launching manned and unmanned journeys to Mars.
But colonization is not a machete.
Bill Nye told him USA Today Last month: "It's not reasonable because it's so cold. And there's hardly any water. There's no food, and the big one, I only remember these guys, there's nothing to breathe."
The Mars One in practice "aspirations out of this world have been difficult for their families to accept.
"This commitment to the hypothetical adventure is having real repercussions at this time," said Ms. Ngeow.
After the lawyer of Mrs. Golden-Castaño in Mexico, she expressed her concern that it was a "suicidal mission," the 30-year-old engineer worked to convince him of # 39; another way.
"I presented slides with me and I explained," he said.
"Now, she says:" God will make you go the way you are going to be. "He says to the people:" My granddaughter will go to Mars! "
But things have not been so easy for the aspiring colleague Peter Degen-Portnoy, a five-year-old Boston dad who reveals to the documentary that his desire to live on the red planet has taken place at the end of his marriage
"Our responsibility as a species is to help our species to advance, to grow, to guarantee its continuity," he says in the series.
"Therefore, what I can do as a parent, as an individual, [is] I can help make my children the best adults possible. Then I will be his father who lives and works on Mars. "
As expected, Mr. Degen-Portnoy will be 70 when he leaves the Earth.
Golden-chestnut trees are already preparing an outlandish alien overflowing living in a narrow car house.
"For me it's about exploring … and sharing the return information [to earth], "Ms. Golden-Castaño said of her decision to renounce earthly life.
He looks like a pioneer: "Everything we experience will be for the first time."
This story first appeared on New York Post and is published with permission.