Pearland nonprofit’s pitch: $100 equals one mile to Mars

Mina Mukhar would sit on his rooftop as a child and look at the stars, picturing the vast distance their light traveled before twinkling over his home in Richmond.

“I just always wondered what it was like thousands of light-years out there,” Mukhar said. “I always thought that we’d be able to travel in a spaceship when I was older, just like we could travel in airplanes.”

But that future didn’t feel closer as he got older. There never seemed to be enough money.

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