‘Mars One’ going nowhere says former Canadian astronaut Julie Payette

Canadian astronauts Chris Hadfield, left to right, Julie Payette and Robert Thirsk takes part in the opening of The Living In Space exhibit during its unveiling at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2011. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Former Canadian astronaut Julie Payette said the controversial one-way mission to send people to live on Mars is going nowhere.

Dutch-based Mars One wants to establish a colony on the red planet by 2025 and six Canadians are among the 100 finalists still in the running.

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But Payette said they are not going anywhere in 10 years because the technology needed to go to Mars doesn’t exist.

She said the only courage any of the thousands of potential candidates had was to sign up on the Mars One website.

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Payette made her comments on Wednesday during a speech that opened a three-day aerospace symposium at the Montreal headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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ICAO has teamed up with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs to discuss space law-making and emerging commercial activities such as space tourism.

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