15 Feb Where Were They Then: Mark Watney

NASA is planning on sending people to Mars in the not too distant future.  The organization recently released the names of a few candidates they are planning to send — Astronaut Mark Watney will be one of them.

Watney is a botanist and mechanical engineer.  The missions will be set around the year 2035.  When asked about the idea of going, Watney replied, “It’s a great opportunity.  I am deeply honored and can’t wait to not only use my mechanical engineering skills up there, but my botany skills as well.  You wait and see — I’m gonna have a potato garden up there that will give Idaho a run for its money, but all jokes aside hopefully we have a a safe trip up there and no one gets left behind.”   NASA will continue to raise funds between now and then.