A Mexican Congressman has a remote chance of going to Mars, but the voyage would be a one-way trip.
Congressman Andres Eloy Martinez, of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, is a supporter of science education and an amateur astronomer.
Martinez was one of the 1,058 people selected by Mars One, a Dutch foundation, in the first round of a competition to be one of the first colonists on the red planet.
The group will be whittled down to between 24 and 40 candidates for the first mission, which is projected to arrive on Mars in 2025.
Mars One, which describes itself on its Web site as a non-profit foundation, contends that the technology to reach Mars and colonize the planet is already available.
"This is an ambitious project that is going to require all the available scientific and technological resources. All the steps have to be taken with mathematical precision. I don't see it as harebrained, perhaps it might have some delays due to the magnitude of the challenge, but it is not impossible," Martinez said in an interview with Efe.
One of the features of the Mars One project is that the colonists will not be able to return to the Earth.
"It's difficult to leave your family, the Earth itself. You don't think about the blue of the sky, the clouds, animal life, the oceans, until you lose them. When you think about the scope of what you are going to do, it's hard, but we still have 11 years to think about it," the congressman said.
Not everyone is sold on the project proposed by Mars One, which does not appear to have serious academic or scientific backing.
"From my point of view, the trip is still not viable. This sounds more like a planned business, but without many of the elements well thought out," Ibero-American University professor Lorena Arias told Efe.