Saudi pilot Abdullah Al-Zahrani has registered himself for a life-long mission to Mars, reported Sabq news. The 37-year-old said that it was a tough decision to make and hopes that he gets selected for the mission named No Return.
The trip to the red planet, scheduled for 2023, is the first of its kind for the human race. The 200-million-km journey will take around 7 months to complete. There will be continuous communication with people back on earth during the trip. The mission gets the name No Return from the fact that those on this mission will not return to earth.
Al-Zahrani wants to be a part of the mission that aims to explore the neighboring planet for the possibility of life on the planet. He added that he can use his experience as a pilot and the knowledge he has gained as a medical student for the trip. He has requested people to support his decision.
The first group of people on Mars will undertake the mission to establish a colony, including setting up power supply using solar panels. Water will be treated and recycled to grow some plants. These first settlers in Mars will then live in the colony till the end of their life, while more settlers will expand the work of first residents inMars.