|Conner Mann shown here|
after receiving a merit badge
for growing a beard.
Eagle Scout Conner Mann, 35, of Bridgeport Troop 1002, wasted no time in volunteering to immigrate to the planet Mars when the private spaceflight organization Mars-One, started looking for applicants. Mars-One is a not for profit organization that plans to establish a permanent human colony on the red planet by 2023.
This is a one way flight and all astronauts chosen will not have the option of returning to Earth. When Mann was asked why he wanted to do this he quickly responded smiling, "I want to be the first Mann on Mars.....no, no, just kidding." A proud look spread across his face, "I have room on my belt for one more merit badge and this will get me that badge!" Mann, who started scouting late in life, earned his first merit badge at age 20, by living a month in the wild on only tree bark and baloney sandwiches. "I've hated baloney ever since," he told CHANNEL 1 NEWS. When asked if there were other reasons he'd want to live on the red planet Mars, he responded, "Well, red is my favorite color for one thing, and it would make my folks happy, as I would finally be getting out of their house."
When Mann's parents were contacted, they both wished him the best and would be glad to drive him to the launch pad. CHANEL 1 NEWS will follow this story until blast off.