A total of 5 South Africans have been shortlisted for the Mars One private space programme. Divashen Govender, Kobus Vermeulen, Adriana Marais, Edwin le Grange and Alexandra Doyle make up a group of 100 participants from across the world looking to land a one-way ticket to Mars in 2024.
Initially, a group of 200 000 people from around the world entered the competition. From this group, 660 candidates were chosen, and now the number stands at 100; composed of 50 men and 50 women. In the end, only 24 astronauts will have the opportunity to inhabit Mars… Forever!
Candidates were selected after participating in online interviews with Chief Medical Officer for Mars One, Norbert Kraft. During the interview candidates had a chance to show their understanding of the risks involved, team spirit, and their motivation to be part of the expedition, Mars One said.
“A one-way mission to Mars is about exploring a new world and the opportunity to conduct the most revolutionary research ever conceived, to build a new home for humans on another planet,” Mars One explained.
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