Bridgeton woman could be moving to Mars

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)-- Maggie Duckworth might be living in Bridgeton, Missouri right now, but one day she could be calling Mars home.

"It'll be two men and two women," says red planet recruit Maggie Duckworth.  "Four on each shuttle and we'll be starting a new colony on Mars. It's a permanent settlement we will not be returning."

Duckworth wants to take a one way trip to the red planet as part of the Mars one mission.

"There were over 200,000 applicants," says Duckworth.  "They recently made a cut December 30th and now there's 1058."

The astronautical applicant owns nostalgia bomb studios making cosplay costumes, hats and jewelry with her two best friends.

"When she first told me she was going to Mars I said, 'Are you kidding?'' recalls Shira Caplan.  "Then I said, 'Can I come in your suitcase?''

Duckworth is determined to take part in the mission to mars that will sell licensing rights and a reality show about the out of this world project.

"I'm an electrical engineer, but I run a business making costumes," says Duckworth.  "I do a little bit of everything, and I think that's something we're going to need because if there`s any problem that we run into on Mars we're going to have to come up with solutions.  We can't constantly be calling back to Earth, because there`s a six minute delay."

Up next Maggie the Martian has to pass a physical and medical test in March while the cosmos candidate pool gets whittle down.

"I wouldn't go to Mars, but I'm totally willing to support her in getting there herself because I think this is a really important project," says co-crafter Janella Baduini.

Even if leaving terra firma is final.

"Some people have been like, 'Are you scared to go die on Mars?' and I'm like, 'Are you scared to die on Earth," says Duckworth.  "It's going to happen, I'm going to die someday, and I might as well be doing something that I really love to do that's going to make a big difference in our race."

Maggie hopes to say goodbye to planet earth in the year 2025.


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