If you haven't heard about this, there's a little thing that's going to be happening in 2026 called the Mars One Project — a very controversial one-way mission to Mars in hopes of establishing a permanent human colony on the planet — yeah, you read that right!
The mission is privately funded by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, who announced the project in 2012, and the manned mission launch is planned for 2026 with four people on the first trip and and four more every 2 years after that!
It just so happens that 36-year-old Sonia Van Meter was one of the people chosen for the mission. Van Meter lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Jason Stanford, and two step-sons, Henry, 13, and Hatcher, 11 — all of which support her mission! Recently Jason spoke out about his feelings regarding her mission and the criticism that his wife has received for "abandoning" her family!
Stanford wrote in a piece addressing the support of his wife that:
"This was bigger than me. It raises existential questions far weightier than how much I'd miss Sonia and whether I remembered who our plumber was or knew where she kept all the passwords."
The father of two goes on to explain his realization that:
"If it succeeds in its mission - establishing a sustainable colony on another planet - it would change the history of humanity by expanding our boundaries beyond this planet."
Jason went on to talk about the criticism his wife has received for "abandoning" her family by saying:
"People attacked Sonia, accusing her repeatedly of abandoning her family, of seeking glory at the expense of her earthbound obligations. I attempted to squash or preemptively address the hateful questions and comments hurtled our way by writing about my support for Sonia."
Jason is not just extremely supportive of his wife, but he is also very understanding and realistic of the prospect of the mission not happening.
"Maybe she'll wash out on the technical training. Maybe she'll find the isolation of a simulated Martian environment unendurable. Maybe Mars One will find 24 other people better able to handle the public role of being an astronaut in the media age. Or maybe she'll grow gills and turn into a mermaid. Playing the odds has not worked so far, and it's looking worse. So it's time to accept my role. Her name is Sonia Van Martian, and I'm the astronaut wife. We're just an ordinary married couple in an extraordinary situation, and we're taking it one small step for man at a time."
This is so incredible! Whether or not you believe in the mission or your feelings on Van Meter's decision, you have to admit it takes quite a bit of love and understanding for a couple to be supportive of each other under these circumstances!
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