Two Dutch candidates selected for Mars One project

The Hague, Dec 31: Two Dutch candidates emerged winners in the second round selection for a single trip to Mars that would take place in 2025.

A total of 1,058 individuals were selected for the second round of Mars One, a Dutch non-profit project with the aim of establishing a permanent settlement on Mars, Xinhua reported Tuesday citing local media.

The names of the two Dutch candidates still in the race for participation were not disclosed on the website of Mars One.

Mars One’s final goal is to land its astronauts in 2024 and 2025 for a televised reality on the Red Planet that is about 230 million km away from earth.

The project faces many technical, ethical, and financial pitfalls and has already garnered plenty of skeptics from becoming a reality after all.

But that does not seem to bother the 200,000 applicants who initially signed up for the mission.

“For the applicants who were not selected in this round, there is still a chance they could re-apply at a later date, which has not yet been determined,” the project’s founder Bas Lansdorp said.

According to Lansdorp, the selected participants will be subjected to the next several selection phases in 2014 and 2015 “which will include rigorous simulations, many in team settings, with focus on testing the physical and emotional capabilities of the remaining candidates”, Lansdorp added.

However, more details of the 2014 selection phases have not been agreed upon “due to ongoing negotiations with media companies for the rights to televise the selection processes”, Lansdorp said.

IANS