A Netherlands base private organization has been conducting selections for a one way trip to Mars to colonize the red planet from citizens across the world. Over two lakh applicants applied from 140 countries to the first announcement in 2013, 20,000 were Indians. From them in December 2013, 1058 candidates were selected in the first phase, 62 of them were Indians. The second phase selections is now announced, which limits the total group to 705 persons, of them 17 are Indian women, 28 are Indian men.
“We’re incredibly excited to start the next phase of Round 2, where we begin to better understand our candidates who aspire to take such a daring trip. They will have to show their knowledge, intelligence, adaptability and personality,” Mars One Chief Medical Officer Norbert Kraft, said.
The list will trickle down to several groups of fours – 2 men and 2 women. This selection will be done based on several rounds of interviews and fitness tests. They will all be trained till 2024 from 2015 with the various requirements of the trip. A final four will be sent to the Mars to live there permanently, with newer teams trained to follow them. The Indians in the present group of 45 are from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram, announced the Mars One mission authorities.