The weekend debate: Who would you send to Mars?

NASA’s latest astronaut recruitment drive is talking about sending people to Mars. They are looking for people with advanced degrees in engineering, maths, biology or the physical sciences. You can’t be shorter than 5’2″ or taller than 6’3″. Pilots with more than 1,000 hours of flight time are desired; so are educators.

And of course you’ll need a sense of daring!

But let’s forget all that and think instead about the more whimsical idea of who we’d like to send a few million miles away.

The only rules are: stick to celebrities and public figures and don’t get too personal!

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  • Nigel Ashton 26th Nov '11 - 9:58am

    Anne Widdicombe as she is so upset at missing out on a peerage.

  • Nick (notClegg) 26th Nov '11 - 1:00pm

    I’d start with Messrs Gove and Lansley

  • Lembit would be a good candidate

    (1) We know he is interested in what is happening in outer space with his comments on comets
    (2) He has got an out-of-this-world personality
    (3) One of his ancestors was an astronomer
    (4) Whilst I am not sure if he has a pilot’s licence he did used to like flying gliders
    (5) It will give him something to now that the chat show work is drying up

  • Stephen Donnelly 26th Nov '11 - 8:52pm

    If I say Ed Balls, you will all immediately understand why. Out of a sense of Liberal compassion, I would allow him take Yvette Cooper along too. He will be able to apply his pixie dust kensian policies to revive the Marsian canal system, she will no doubt be very effective at preventing any further immigration to Mars through effective very exhaustive border controls.

  • Oh gosh, can’t think of the guy’s name … Click or something… No, it’s gone, sorry.

  • Michael Seymour 27th Nov '11 - 8:50am

    Most of the government

  • Bernie Ecclestone, Sarah Palin, Tony Blair, Katie Price, Rupert Murdoch, Harriet Harman, Robert Mugabe, Simon Cowell and all homeopaths.

  • Paul Dacre would probably prefer life on Mars.
    On the other hand the very mention of the ‘M’ word could conjure up an image of “unimaginable depravity” to the Daily Mail editor and bring him down to earth.

  • Ruth Bright 27th Nov '11 - 3:55pm

    Jeremy Browne and the panda (oh, sorry, wrong competition)…

  • David Cameron, George Osborne, Andrew Lansley, Michael Gove, and all the Republican presidential contenders. In that order. Once they are on their way, perhaps a second batch, comprising the most repulsive people in the Labour Party (Keith Vaz, Steve Pound, Tony Blair, John Reid), and a press corps contingent including Rupert Murdoch, Richard Desmond, Melanie Phillips, Richard Littlejohn and Queen Nicotina (aka Anne Leslie). With that lot off the TV screen, my blood pressure stays at a safe level.

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