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Wannabe Martian talks to students

MARS One hopeful Josh Richards visited students at Lesmurdie Senior High School last month to share details of his dream to leave Earth forever and colonise the red planet.

The physicist, explosives engineer, soldier and stand-up comedian was selected from more than 200,000 initial applicants and is one of 100 worldwide astronaut candidates shortlisted to head to Mars in 2025.

Science teacher Callum Millard said Mr Richards entertained, enthused and enlightened students with details of his quest to colonise Mars.

“Students particularly enjoyed discussing the challenges facing mankind taking the first steps from being a single planet species to becoming a space faring multi-planet species,” he said.

Mr Millard said Mr Richard’s visit was part of a series of incursions aimed at bringing real world applications to classroom science as part of the school’s Extension and Acceleration Program (LEAP) for students from years seven to nine.

“The program gives students opportunities to explore their talents and extend their learning at a specialist level,” he said.

About Sarah Brookes

Sarah is an award-winning journalist (2016 WA Media Awards - Best Three Suburban Newspaper Stories) who has covered our Mundaring and Kalamunda editions since 2011. She went to Eastern Hills Senior High School before studying chemistry and biology at university. Staring down a microscope two years into her degree she realised a future in science wasn’t for her – journalism was. Sarah lived in Europe before re-settling in Darlington, where her family has lived for three generations, with her two children. She has worked for various government agencies and Media Monitors. Sarah is a media junkie who loves talkback radio and devours the weekend papers.

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