In the year 2024, Mars One will launch four individuals on a one-way trip to Mars to set up a permanent human colony. The worldwide search for these civilian astronauts opened in April 2013, and received over 200,000 applications. Leila Zucker is a Mars One candidate.
This is part one of an on-going exploration of mankind's fascination with Mars. In upcoming episodes, we'll examine current initiatives to build human settlements on the red planet.