It's A...It's A...It's A Martian!: 24-Year Old Astrophysics Student Wants To Be First To Have A Baby On Mars

February 17, 2015


24-year old British astrophysics student Maggie Lieu wants to be the first to have a Martian baby (like, giving birth to a baby on Mars, not a tentacle-fingered alien). And she actually might be -- she's one of the remaining 100 candidates still in the running for becoming the first four humans to step foot on the red planet as part of the Mars One mission, departing 2024. Unfortunately, the baby will grow up with no play-friends. Plus have to be home schooled.

"I think it would be really exciting to have a child because it would be the first real Martian," Ms Lieu, from Coventry, told the Independent. "I don't know what race or nationality it would be because there are no countries on Mars - yet."

"Nobody knows the effects low gravity would have on a foetus. Also, the high levels of radiation would make the guys infertile. So I don't know if it would work but if you want to start a colony, you have to reproduce."

Okay, so the Mars One mission plans on taking about 7 months to reach the planet. Which means Maggie is either going to have to get pregnant before the ship leaves (unlikely, I doubt they'd even let her travel with a baby -- or if it's even possible), or pick one of the TWO guys on the one-way trip to get pregnant. Or hope they send more eligible bachelors later. Or -- OR -- freeze some sperm now and take it with her. Hopefully clearly labeled, so nobody accidentally adds it to their coffee thinking it's freeze dried creamer.

Thanks to Lauren C, who wants to be the first person to have a baby on the sun. Haha --too late, Lauren, I've already had several.

  • Justin Griffin

    The first colonists on Mars will suffer greatly living there. It may be two generations before a relatively comfortable lifestyle is even possible. The people living on Mars initially should probably be given antidepressants. It's also possible the first colonies would be wiped out as well and we would have to start all over. Add to that the fact that we may have to compete internally for funding and externally with other nations wanting to claim territory. I doubt China or Russia would be willing to have colonies that weren't their own. Meaning the US, EU, Japan ect. would be willing to contribute to a larger international project but others may see it simply as an extension of their foreign policy into space.

  • S.M. Archer

    listen, I didn't read far enough down the comment list to see if this was stated already, but uhhh I'd hit it... "Girl, you must be an astronaut because you're out of this world." Snailed it.

  • El_MUERkO

    The baby would have a short, and tragic life. I'd gladly see Mars One happen but everyone going should be snipped first, no babies on Mars.

  • Emmitt Morgans

    I'm sure there are plenty of guys who would like to be "in Lieu" of (inter)course!


  • BirnamWood

    Mars ain't the place to raise a kid. In fact, it's cold as hell.

  • JJtoob

    So did hell finally freeze over?

  • $18889437

    "I can't wait to selfishly force a human being to endure a life of isolation in a hostile environment unsuitable for life..." brilliant.

  • mildiii

    Remarkably irresponsible. Truly unprecedented in its irresponsiblity.

  • captaindash

    Usually the stuff we comment on here is funny in its stupidity, but this isn't that. Don't worry, she used to have a 96% chance of not going, now I hope it's 100%.

    If we find life on mars, we will consider ourselves superior to it (because we outmuscle/smart it) and use it if we can find any use for it whatsoever (bacteria, small organisms etc). We are different from alien invasion sci-fi flicks how?

  • ShartInYourJacuzzi

    'I want my baby to die of radiation'

    -The Retard In This Video

  • Ed

    I give them zero chance of surviving until the landing. And if you do make it, I hope your baby likes radiation.

  • Xavier

    Its going to be like Godzilla man feed on the radiation

  • Mister Cerberus

    Just like Futurama

  • MrJamsterJ


  • twoeggshuffle

    Damn, you beat me to it.

  • Tyguy

    ...still trying to figure out whether she's an astrophysicist, or a sexpert....

  • Pat Patrix

    i gib her ah bb!

  • Frédéric Purenne

    Race : Human
    Ethnicity : Asian + whatever the guy is.
    Nationality : None

    That was easy.

  • Rob Green

    Yeah, I love that this chick is an astrophysicist. But doesn't understand the concept of race. Maybe you want to venture away from thos astro physical books luv and read anything else.

  • Kevin

    That's how it should be. A new classification like "Origin" : Mars or Earth

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