What will the first words a human says on Mars be? And who will say them?

There’s a lot of pressure being the first human on an uninhabited planet.

Not only do you have to worry about being some 50 million kilometers from everyone and everything you’ve ever loved, you’ve got the added responsibility of being the first person to ever utter words on this hostile planet.

You’ve got to make it count.

Neil Armstrong famously bungled his “one small step for man” line (it was supposed to be “one small step for a man”), so we really need to make sure we nail it when we get to Mars.

As a shortlisted candidate for the Mars One project, Aussie physicist Josh Richards could very well be the first human being to set foot on Mars.

He came on Techly Talks to chat about the mission, and revealed the fascinating reason he doesn’t want to follow in Armstrong’s footsteps.

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