Mars-bound astronaut and husband visit GoodDayDC

Mars One, a non-profit organization in the Netherlands, wants to create a permanent human colony on Mars in the next ten years.

Back in 2013, when it called for volunteers for a one-way trip to Mars, Sonia Van Meter from Virginia received backlash for volunteering despite having a family right here on Earth.

Sonia and her husband, Jason Stanford, visited GoodDayDC to discuss an op-ed piece that Stanford posted online sharing his thoughts about his wife's decision to leave Earth.

"I'm supporting her for the same reason I married her" Stanford said. " She wants this world to be a better place, and I think she can achieve that by going to a different planet," he continued.

Van Meter said that having such a supportive husband is the reason why she even considered it in the first place.

"I would be lying if I said that this was easy. I have this extraordinary, incredible husband who supports me in something as crazy as living on another planet", said Van Meter. "That's not something that you easily walk away from," she continued.

Training for the mission officially begins September 2016, and Van Meter said she is getting more and more excited for the mission.

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