Kerala Girl among 100 shortlisted for one way mars trip

Published on: 17 Feb, 2015
Published under: General Kerala News, Kerala Technology News

A 19-year old girl Shradha Prasad from Kerala has shortlisted for one-way Mars trip. A young woman from Kerala has 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.

Apart from Shradha two other Indians are picked for the trip – 29-year-old Taranjeet Singh Bhatia, who is studying Doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Central Florida and Ritika Singh, 29, who lives in Dubai.

Shradha, who hails from Palakkad, is currently a Mechanical Engineering student in Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Coimbatore.

From the initial 202,586 applicants, only 100 hopefuls have been selected to proceed to the next round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Process, The Netherlands-based non-profit organisation Mars One has announced.

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.


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