Mars colonization a 'suicide mission,' says Canadian astronaut

Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk poses for a photo at the University of Calgary's Hotel Alma in...

Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk poses for a photo at the University of Calgary's Hotel Alma in Calgary on May 9, 2014. He was named the school's new chancellor, replacing the outgoing Jim Dinning; the job starts on July 2. (Lyle Aspinall/QMI Agency)

Bill Kaufmann, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

CALGARY — Sending humans to colonize Mars would be a suicide mission, former Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk said Friday.

Thirsk, who holds the Canadian space endurance record with 204 days in orbit, said a private Netherlands-based group's plan to send 24 people to settle the red planet in a decade is a death wish.

During his six-month stint aboard the International Space Station in 2009, Thirsk said he spent much of his time repairing equipment like CO2 scrubbers and the craft's toilet.

That doesn't give him much confidence in Mars One's plans.


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