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Flagstaff teen in the running to start settlement on Mars

Nineteen-year-old Bailey Cunningham has a dream not typical of a college-aged student.

The Flagstaff teen wants to go to Mars — a dream she’s one step closer to actually making into a reality.

According to, Cunningham was one of the more than 200,000 people that applied to Mars One’s program — which plans to plans to take four-person crews to start settlements on the planet every two years starting in 2024.

But that number is now down to 1,058 people, and as Cunningham learned last week, she’s one of them.

“It seemed like something I would be interested in because I’m into sci-fi, outer space, all of that,” Cunningham told

Cunningham, a student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, told the non-profit foundation in her application video that she wants to be the first composer and musician on Mars.

To make that happen, the 19-year-old will have to first survive both the physical assessment and reality television show phase — which will cut the number down to 40 and four applicants respectively.