Saw on Sunrise this morning about the Dutch company that plans to send four people to live in Mars in 2023. They will spend the rest of their lives there.
Been thinking through who would be the best people to do this (I get bored walking the dog!!)... and my choices for the four would be...
1. A doctor - obvious reasons, needs to be someone with excellent all round skills, including surgery
2. An engineer - to fix things that go wrong, come up with innovative ideas of how to do things, problem solving
3. A botanist - to grow plants for food, materials, health etc
4. A Project Manager/Facilitator - to organise everyone into a cohesive team, manage the skills of the others, intermediate in disputes etc.
Original story here http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/20...ect-astronauts