Alberta man makes the first cut for one-way mission to Mars

Graham Christensen is one of 1,058 candidates selected to make it through the first round of the...

Graham Christensen is one of 1,058 candidates selected to make it through the first round of the Mars One project, which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars starting in 2024. (SUPPLIED PHOTO)

Trevor Robb, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

EDMONTON -- First stop Edmonton; last stop Mars.

Ever since Graham Christensen was 12-years-old staring at pictures of the original Mars Rover landing on the red planet, he has dreamed of living his life on Mars.

The 28-year-old — who was born in Edmonton but moved to Vegreville as child and now works there as an apprentice electrician — is one of 75 Canadians to make it through the first round of the Mars One project.

Over 200,000 people worldwide applied to the privately funded project, spearheaded by co-founders Bas Lansdorp and Arno Wielders from Holland, which aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars starting in 2024.

After creating a video and answering a few personal questions in April 2013, Christensen found out on Dec. 30 that he was one of the 1,058 candidates selected.


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