3 Indians i.e. 2 women and 1 man, have made it to the list of 100 applicants who will move on to the next round of an ambitious private mission that aims to send four people on a one-way trip to Mars in 2024.
The Netherlands-based non-profit organisation Mars One has announced that out of 202,586 applicants at the initial level, only 100 hopefuls have been selected to proceed to the next round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Process.
The Indian candidates include Taranjeet Singh Bhatia (aged 29), who is studying Doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Central Florida.
The other two are Ritika Singh (aged 29), who lives in Dubai, and Shradha Prasad (aged 19), from Kerala.
The Mars 100 round three candidates include 50 men and 50 women with 39 from the Americas, 31 from Europe, 16 from Asia, 7 from Africa, and 7 from Oceania.
The second round of the application process, held last year, had shortlisted 44 Indians, of whom 27 were men and 17 were women.
The third round has selected 100 candidates from a pool of 660 after they participated in personal online interviews with Norbert Kraft, chief medical officer.
During the interviews the candidates had a chance to show their understanding of the risks involved, team spirit and their motivation to be part of the life changing expedition.
What is the aim to send these 100 applicants to Mars?
The project aims to set up a human colony on Mars and eventually around 40 people will be sent to the red planet on a permanent basis. The finalists will train for seven years and Mars One will begin sending out four at a time from 2024.
Mars One’s concept includes launching four carefully selected applicants in a Mars-bound spaceflight in 2024, to become the first residents of Mars, and that every step of the crew’s journey will be documented for a reality television program.
Mars One is a not-for-profit organization based in the Netherlands that has put forward conceptual plans to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2025, also having the first humans land on Mars and beating NASA’s Orion missions by a decade.
The private spaceflight project is led by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, who announced plans for the Mars One mission in May 2012.You can check the profile of these 100 applicants who are selected for one-way trip to mars by clicking here