JOSH Richards has a dream to leave Earth and never come back.
Mr Richards is a candidate for the Mars One project that hopes to establish the first human settlement on Mars by 2025.
He visited Halidon Primary School in Kingsley last month to talk to year 4 to 6 students about the scientific experiment.
“Josh grew up in Perth and has wanted to be an astronaut since he was seven,” science teacher Wes Buzza said.
“After his presentation about the Mars One project and what it hopes to achieve, Josh answered questions non-stop from students who wanted to find out everything about why he can’t come back to Earth, how you deal with toilets on Mars, internet speed and what to do with someone who dies on Mars.
“He impressed on his audience the importance of science, engineering and the arts in our understanding how humans live.”
“He said to students: ‘I hope one day in your lifetime children will be able to look through a telescope at Mars and know that humans live there and it will be possible to go there even as a tourist’.”
Mr Buzza said students prepared for Mr Richards’ visit by imagining and drawing designs of things they thought would help humans live on Mars.
“Students have been investigating the possibilities for supporting human settlement on Mars as part of their science program,” he said.
“We saw the visit as a unique opportunity to be part of an historical science event – probably as important as the first humans on the moon.”
Mr Richards also visited Creaney and Dalmain primary schools while in Kingsley.