My Friends Laughed When I Told Them I Was A Mars One Candidate. Here’s Why They Support Me Now

In August 2013, I found Mars One by accident online. It didn’t take me long to realize this was what I’ve been waiting for — and less than an hour later, I was pressing the submit application button.

I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut, since I was little. Astronauts are heroes, but no one knew about that dream of mine. Sadly nobody ever noticed, not even at school.

Living in Cairo, Egypt, all my life, I noticed we do not engage in space exploration at all as a nation. Not just in Egypt, but in the entire Middle East, I would say.

That’s weird given our history. I’m fascinated by the pharaohs. They were geniuses — they were arguably the greatest, most advanced civilization in the ancient world. They basically knew everything about everything. For instance, they used astronomy to build all their monuments, and everything was calculated according to the Earth’s rotation and the stars.

Nothing was random — even the location of the pyramids wasn’t random. I felt offended that today we represent nothing in the space industry, especially knowing that my ancestors once were top of the list.

After thousands of people applied for Mars One from all over the world, only 1,058 were chosen by December 2013 for round two. I was one of them. I was shocked when I received that email. I probably read it 10 times, with one thought crossing my mind.

Why me?

I don’t have a technical background. I’m not a scientist. I don’t have a PhD. I’m not an engineer. I’ve never even seen a rocket or a space suit!

I was so proud of myself, because originally I didn’t believe in myself. I immediately told my friends that I was chosen for round two —> Read More