Local woman seeks one-way ticket to Mars

Local woman seeks one-way ticket to Mars »Play Video
AJ Parsons-Taylor pauses to read the plaque at the Mars stop in the scale model of the solar system that stretches from the sun in Alton Baker Park to Pluto, 3 1/2 miles down river.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - What do you want to do with your life?

How does a one-way trip to Mars sound?

"It's going to be a really big thing for the human race to finally have a settlement on another planet," said 20-year-old AJ Parsons-Taylor, "and that would be a really cool thing to be a part of."

Mars One, a non-profit hoping to start a human colony on Mars in 2024, got 78,000 applications for the first 4 spots.

Mars One narrowed down the applicant pool down to 1,000 finalists.

Parsons-Taylor made the cut.

"I first heard about it online in a couple of different spots, just various ways, and it sounded interesting so I looked into it and decided to apply," she said.

After the first 4 leave for Mars in a decade, Mars One hopes to send 4 more every 2 years.

It's a one-way trip.

Parsons-Taylor said she understands what that means.

"I'm going to miss the rain. I'm going to miss my family and friends, and my dog as well," she said. "I figure I'll be able to send videos back and forth."

And what do you do once you're stuck on the red planet for the rest of your life?

"I can be the person putting findings together in a way that's easy for the general public or the people who are receiving the data," Parsons-Taylor said.