Virginia man writes personal essay on wife’s decision to join one-way mission to Mars

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A Virginia man is speaking out about his wife’s controversial decision to join a one-way mission to Mars in 2016.

Jason Stanford’s wife, Sonia Van Meter, was chosen to join 100 other explorers on a mission to colonize the planet, according to the New York Daily News.

In a 4,000-word essay published in Texas Monthly, Sanford wrote that the quest is, “bigger than me.”

“If it succeeds in its mission — establishing a sustainable colony on another planet — it would change the history of humanity by expanding our boundaries beyond this planet,” Stanford wrote in the essay.

Since the news about the mission was revealed, the couple has faced harsh public criticism. Many are asking how a mother of two could leave her family behind.

“She’s been asked how she could abandon me more times than most people have been asked if they want fries with that,” Sanford wrote.

Van Meter has not confirmed with 100 percent certainty that she will go.

The couple said they are just taking things one step at a time.

“We’re just an ordinary married couple in an extraordinary situation, and we’re taking it one small step for man at a time,” Stanford wrote.