Toronto man on shortlist for Mars colonization

Steve Fenech, of Toronto, who is on the shortlist of candidates for a one-way expedition to Mars,...

Steve Fenech, of Toronto, who is on the shortlist of candidates for a one-way expedition to Mars, seen Saturday, January 4, 2014. (Dave Thomas/QMI Agency)

Kevin Connor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:27 PM ET

TORONTO -- Stephen Fenech is no reluctant astronaut, even though the trip he hopes to make will take him from Earth forever.

Toronto's Fenech is now a one-percenter with the Mars One gang, a project with the goal of colonizing the fourth planet from the sun.

Mars One, a not-for-profit Netherlands-based organization behind the colonization effort, plans to make a reality TV show about the selection of the 40-person crew for the trip to the Red Planet.

Fenech said he welcomes the opportunity to participate in mankind's first effort to sprawl across the galaxy -- even though it is a one-way trip.

"I see the value in going. Our sun is getting brighter and some day it won't support life. The only way to be prepared is to set out (to Mars) now. It's a historic undertaking," said Fenech, 45, who has travelled to 160 counties but never lost his childhood dream of leaving the planet.


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