Unpacking Mars | Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

February 23, 2015 9:34 PM

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Now that a week has passed since the "we regret to inform you" email from Mars One signaled my elimination from the planned mission to send the first humans to the red planet, it's time to unpack. As I watch my friends soak in the glory of the interviews they've earned on CNN, NBC, this very site and elsewhere, I have to move on, put my Mars One story in perspective, and acknowledge that my opportunity leave this Earth is part of my past, not my future.

While packing anticipates an adventure, unpacking takes it apart, item by item, each perhaps evoking a fond memory of the role it played during the time away. Unpacking a bag prepared for a journey not taken invites a deeper kind of reflection - not unlike the writer's strategy of "unpacking a story...

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