Out of this World: Alumna Kenya Armbrister in Running for One-Way Trip to Mars

Wednesday, March 04, 2015
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- A middle child, Armbrister is the only female among her siblings. Since leaving her hometown of Fresno at 18 years old, she has travelled around the world to 179 cities in 20 different countries and speaks both French and German. “I remember my dad did not want to buy my first passport and tried to keep me in Fresno,” Armbrister said. “Since then, I’ve been taking one-way trips all around the world.” Armbrister moved to San Francisco in 1997 but took time that same year to study in Germany. When she returned to the United States, she enrolled at SF State, where she graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. In order for her to apply for Mars One, she was required to be over the age of 18, make a one-minute video profile for the website and pay a $38 application fee. Of the 202,586 people that applied, 24 percent of them were from the United States, according to a Mars One press release.