A 19-year old engineering student and two other Indians have been shortlisted along with 100 participants for the one-way trip to Mars in 2024. After the final round, only top four will be able to make it to the red planet in a mission organised by Netherland based non-profit organisation Mars One.
After getting selected from over 2.5 lakh candidates, the girl is confident of making it to top four. “I feel proud and happy for being selected from over 2.5 lakh applicants. My parents are also very happy after hearing about the selection,” said Shraddha Prasad, studying mechanical engineering at Amrita University in Coimbatore.
However, her parents are worried about the adventurous journey and claim it to be too risky for the young girl. While giving the example of Kalpana Chawla, they said some mishap may occur without proper precautions. “My parents were worried when I applied for the mission, but they are supporting me now that I have qualified,” she said.
Taranjeet Singh Bahtiya (29 years) who is studying Doctorate in Computer Science at University of Central Florida and 29-year-old Dubai-based Ritika Singh are also the other two Indians among 100 participants shortlisted for the private mission. The mission aims to establish human life and colonies on the red planet.
For selecting the deserving candidates, Mars One team conducted three tests including personality tests, interview and medical examinations. They found 100 worthy aspirants including 50 men and 50 women with America (39), Europe (31), Asia (16), Africa(7) and Oceania (7).
However, for the final selection still there is fourth and final round. “I am fully confident to make it in the final list. I will land and settle down in Mars,” she said. Dates for the last round are yet to be announced.