I still remember the first time I heard about Mars One. It was at a business meeting early 2012 when I met Bas Lansdorp. He said he was organizing a manned mission to Mars. I thought he was joking, so I politely laughed and asked, “That’s very funny, but seriously, what do you do?” He repeated the same thing. Although I wasn’t yet taking him seriously, the idea of a manned mission to Mars fascinated me. Bas told me that he wanted to go to Mars himself since the nineties. He started exploring the idea over the years, and after numerous discussions with friends, colleagues and experts, the pieces of the puzzle seemed to fall in place. Together with Arno Wielders, he founded Mars One in 2011. It didn’t take him long to convince me of the sincerity of the plans. Enthusiastically, I said that if Mars One ever needed help with communications or marketing, I would be thrilled to help. So, here I am, Director of Communications at Mars One.
After publicly announcing Mars One’s mission plan in May 2012, we started receiving many enthusiastic emails from people from all over the world, excited about the possibility of traveling to another planet. It convinced us even more of the fact that this isn’t just a mission of one organization or one country, this is everyone’s mission. We can and should do this together. We want this to be humankind’s mission to Mars and want to give everybody the opportunity to participate in space exploration. Those who observed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin land on the Moon in 1969 still remember every detail – where they were and how they felt. The first steps on Mars will be our moment to remember!
Travelling, space exploration, diving, snowboarding, running, movies, and enjoying good food, music and company!