Marylander determined to be among first humans to colonize Mars

The development of modern rocketry for space exploration in the 20th century opened the door to contemplating destinations for mankind beyond the home planet. More than 50 years ago humans reached Earth orbit followed only a few years later by manned lunar missions including six landings of humans on the moon. Farther and obvious human destinations such as Mars have been unattainable so far, except in science fiction. But one private organization expects to change that in the coming years and plans to land a human colony to Mars as early as 2027. The nonprofit Dutch organization Mars One is behind the effort. The processing of selecting astronauts for the one-way expedition is well under...