Physicist, Explosives Engineer, Soldier, Comedian, Astronaut Candidate – one thing Josh Richards can never be accused of is being boring. After a decade of picking up booby traps with the Australian Army, slogging through mud with British Commandos, being science adviser to the richest artist in the world, and performing comedy wearing a giant koala suit to confused audiences around the world, Josh found his true calling in September 2012 when he discovered the Mars One project.
Selected from over 200,000 initial applicants, Josh is currently one of 100 astronaut candidates short-listed for a one-way mission to Mars in 2031. As an in-demand professional speaker, Josh’s storytelling makes for compelling & entertaining corporate keynote presentations on leadership, small-team dynamics, and the challenges of life in space that are certain to leave any audience with plenty to think about. With a natural talent for explaining complicated science through comedy, he’s a passionate and highly-visible ambassador for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) education, and his science communication events and school programs inspire people of all ages to engage with science and discover the sky is not the limit.
Besides regularly writing articles on space science, engineering, psychology and culture on Patreon, he’s also the author of Becoming Martian – a humourous look at how colonising Mars will change our species in body, mind and soul. With a potential launch date just 14 years away, Josh is also busy trying to complete his “101 Things To Do Before You Die” list.
If you’re interested in supporting Josh’s writing and speaking then head to the Support page to find out how. You can also check out some of Josh’s interviews with TV, Radio and Online media; as well as his Mars One application video below.