Josh Richards


Physicist, Explosives Engineer, Soldier, Stand-Up Comedian and Astronaut Candidate – one thing Josh Richards can never be accused of is being boring.

In the last decade he’s picked up booby traps for the Australian Army, slogged through mud with the British Commandos, used napalm in a music video for U2, been a science advisor to the richest contemporary artist in the world, and performed with some of the world’s top comedians while wearing a giant koala suit to confused audiences from Los Angeles to Edinburgh.

Josh found his true calling in late 2012 when he discovered the Mars One project. Selected from over 200,000 initial applicants, Josh is now one of 705 worldwide astronaut candidates short-listed to leave Earth forever and become the first to colonise Mars in 2025.

An in-demand professional speaker, Josh’s storytelling makes for compelling & entertaining corporate keynote presentations that are certain to leave an audience with plenty to think about.

As an astronaut candidate with a natural talent for explaining complicated science, his public events and school programs inspire people of all ages to engage with science, and in doing so, discover the sky is not the limit.