A Michigan woman has been selected as part of the first round of candidates to be launched into a new permanent residence on Mars in 2024. Laura Smith-Velazquez was recently contacted by administrators of the Mars One project and informed that she was one step closer to living on the Red Planet.

The Mars One initiative, which is a non-profit space exploration organization, announced two years ago that it was searching for people interested in traveling to space. Individuals interested in participating in the program were not required to have any training in astronautics, but they were required to be “intelligent, creative, psychologically stable and physically healthy.”

While the thought of space travel is certainly interesting, anyone selected to colonize Mars will be forced to undergo an extensive eight-year training program, as well as give up their old life on Earth. Those people that make the final selection for the Mars One program will never be allowed to return to home.