Mars One Shortlist: Two Filipinos Among 100 Would-Be Astronauts For One Way Trip To The Red Planet

Mars One Shortlist: Two Filipinos Among 100 Would-Be Astronauts For One Way Trip To The Red Planet

More than 200,000 hopefuls applied as volunteers for a one-way mission to Mars and only 100 of them have now been selected to proceed to the next round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Process. Among them are two Filipinos who might soon boldly go where no human has gone before.

Mars-one-jaymee-minerva-philippinesMinerva Rañeses and Jaymee del Rosario

27-year old Jaymee del Rosario, who lives in the USA, and 24-year old Minerva Rañeses from Pasig City have both made it past 202,584 other applicants and will now enter the next phase of the Mars One candidate selection process. In total, 100 hopefuls (50 men and 50 women) have been selected to go through to this third round, and all remaining candidates will now undergo further scrutiny to see which final 8 of them will ultimately be deemed suitable to make space exploration history when they aim to establish a permanent human colony on the red planet by 2024.

“The large cut in candidates is an important step towards finding out who has the right stuff to go to Mars,” said Bas Lansdorp, Co-founder & CEO of Mars One. “These aspiring martians provide the world with a glimpse into who the modern day explorers will be.”

Mars-One-jaymee-minerva-pinaysThe planned Mars One settlement. Unobstructed space views come as standard.

The Mars 100 Round Three candidates were selected after participating in personal online interviews with Norbert Kraft, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Mars One. During the interviews the candidates had a chance to show their understanding of the risks involved, team spirit and their motivation to be part of this life changing expedition. “We were impressed with how many strong candidates participated in the interview round, which made it a very difficult selection” said Dr. Norbert Kraft.
The remaining candidates come from all around the world, with 39 from the Americas, 31 from Europe, 16 from Asia, 7 from Africa, and 7 from Oceania. If selected for the mission, the plan is to send four astronauts at a time to Mars, with the first manned flight scheduled for liftoff in 2022. Would you volunteer for a one way mission to Mars? Let us know in the comments!

Read more about Jaymee and Minerva on the Mars One Community Website