Writer Mary Roach has sold over one million books worldwide, and has been published in 26 languages. She deals with unique and intriguing topics, approaching them with a mix of curiosity, skepticism and humor. Among her bestsellers are Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003), Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife (2005) and Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void (2010).
"Even before the Mars One team wrote to me, a manned Mars mission had struck me as the ultimate reality television event. (And thus an unbeatable funding opportunity.) For unlike so much of the "reality" television that exists now, here there would be no need to make up events to add drama, duress, and psychological tension. The mission on its own provides all of that The Mars One concept takes it to another level by adding an element of global audience participation. Yet at their core the Mars One team are aerospace professionals with the background and contacts to pull together the technical aspects of the mission. It's "Jersey Shore" meets NASA meets "American Idol". This might just work!"