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